Jio MAMI 2016 Day 1 schedule: Daniel Radcliffe's film; interaction with Jia Zhangke
Here's our guide to navigating your day through Day 1 of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016.
The first day of the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is here.
Films from Germany, exploring the modern idea of cinema, an internationally acclaimed filmmaker's point of view — there's a lot going on today.
Here are our pick of things you should not miss out on:
Film: A Death in the Gunj
Where: Regal, Colaba
Why you should not miss it: The Opening Film
Director: Konkona Sen Sharma
Time: 7:00 to 9:30 pm
The opening film for Jio MAMI 2016 is Konkana Sen Sharma's directorial debut which stars Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Vikrant Massey, Om Puri and Tanuja. If the impressive star cast is not reason enough to see the film, the trailer will surely leave you intrigued.
The thriller follows the intrigues of a family who are on a holiday. The film was shot extensively in McCluskieganj town, near Ranchi, which was once famous for its considerable population of Anglo-Indian community, but has gradually dwindled in numbers after the sixties.
Film: Swiss Army Man
Where: Regal, Colaba
Why you should not miss it: It stars Daniel Radcliffe.
Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Time: 1:10 to 3:00 pm
Swiss Army Man is a very strange comedy; also the feature film debut of acclaimed music video directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (collectively known as DANIELS, and responsible for the visionary 'Turn Down For What' video, among many others). The plot follows Hank, who is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But then he meets a farting corpse (Daniel Radcliffe); we aren't kidding you; and things look like they might take a turn for the good.
Film: Fukushima, Mon Amour
Place of screening: PVR ECX
Where: The film is a homage to the classic Hiroshima, Mon Amour which looked at the aftermath of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings through a very romantic, black and white world view.
Time: 12:30 to 2:10 pm
This film is set in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and the plot follows Marie (Rosalie Thomass), who travels to Fukushima shortly after the earthquake and tsunami to escape her own heartbreak. Marie goes to Fukushima with the organization “Clowns4Help” to cheer up the elderly refugees living in makeshift pre-fabricated tents. She comes across the very crabby Satomi (Kaori Momoi). The conversation between the two goes on to explore Marie's heartbreak and as an abtrasct, the aftermath of the nuclear disaster like Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959).
Film: You Are My Sunday
Where: PVR ECX
Why you should not miss it: Audience polled it to be the top contender for the India Gold prize. Also you get a chance to interact with Milind Dhaimade after the screening.
Director: Milind Dhaimade
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
The plot revolves around five middle class amateur footballers and their everyday struggle and stars Shahana Goswami, Barun Sobti, Rasika Dugal, Avinash Tiwari, Vishal Malhotra and Maanvi Gagroo.
In Conversation: Jia Zhangke with Chaitanya Tamhane
Where: PVR ICON
Why you should not miss it:
Time: 12:00 to 2:30pm
Jia Zhangke has spent his life watching China go from being a backward Maoist nation to a booming, capitalist country that is equal parts police state and Wild West. This is the biggest and fastest social transformation ever, and Jia's movies — which mix fiction and documentary — have the immediacy of bulletins from the front lines of history.
His recent films A Touch of Sin, 2013; Mountains May Depart, 2015), has offered a unique perspective on a transitional generation whose commonplace lives evoke universal resonance.
The exceptional filmmaker will talk about his work and cinema as a whole. A must for burgeoning filmmakers.
Mumbai Diaries 26/11 is an arresting genre piece. But it sets up morally ambiguous and potentially rich storylines, only to squander them with lazy writing, and paper the gaps with action sequences.
A Death in the Gunj effortlessly underlined the terror of family vacations, where every minute feels like it is going to last an eternity and survival isn’t an act of resilience as much an exercise in defeat.