Indian origin actor Deepti Naval and Brazilian filmmaker will be honored with the Excellence in Cinema Award at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. The film festival will premiere award season contenders Martin Scorsese's The Irishman and Marriage Story. Meirelles will be presenting his latest feature The Two Popes starring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins in the lead. He will also hold a masterclass in filmmaking. Naval will be honored with the Excellence of Cinema Award (India) for her massive contribution to art and cinema. According to a press release she was critically acclaimed for her sensitive portrayal of characters that have prominence on the changing roles of women in India. The film festival's 21st edition will boast critically acclaimed global titles such as James Gray's space drama Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt in a critically lauded performance,Alma Har'el "Honey Boy" about Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf's estranged relationship with his father, The Souvenir helmed by British filmmaker Joanna Hogg, Ari Aster's follow up to critically acclaimed horror film Hereditary and an acclaimed British filmmaker Ken Loach's Sorry We Missed You, about how zero-hour contracts affect a working-class couple.
The festival is scheduled for eight days from October 17 which will premiere over 190 films which will include 50 debuts and 13 world premieres spanning over 53 countries and 49 diverse languages. A Malayalam language film Moothon is selected as the opening film for the film festival. The film is helmed by Geetu Mohandas. The Spotlight section of the festival has been specially curated to showcase work from both critically acclaimed and breakthrough Indian filmmakers. This section will premiere movies such as Tanuja Chandra's Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha, Cargo by Arati Kadav, Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi directed by Seema Bhargava Pahwa, Shut Up Sona by Deepti Gupta, The Churning of the Ocean (Samudra Manthan) by Kamal Swaroop, The Wayfarers (Raahgir) by Goutam Ghose and Oh That's Bhanu by RV Ramani.
The 'Dimensions Mumbai' section will showcase films coming out from the young filmmakers under the age of 25 and the jury includes Taapsee Pannu, Avinash Tiwary, author and screenwriter Kanika Dhillon, screenwriter, director and producer Karan Anshuman and film editor Shweta Venkat Mathew. The 'International Competition' section will showcase new cinematic voices and the jury is headed by renowned filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad. The 'India Gold' section will showcase breakthrough contemporary Indian films produced in India. The jury comprises Franklin Leonard - Film Producer, Cultural Commentator, Professor & Entrepreneur, Col Needham - Founder & CEO of IMDb, Christian Jeune - Director of the Film Department and Deputy General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival and Grainne Humphreys - Festival Director of Dublin International Film Festival.Archana Atul Phadke's About Love, Bitter Chestnut, Gitanjali Rao's internationally acclaimed Bombay Rose, Eeb Allay Ooo!, Gamak Ghar, Invitation (Nimtoh), Just Like That (Aise Hi), Pearl of the Desert, Aamis, That Cloud Never Left are the ten films that have been nominated.
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