Mumbai fest announces this year's highlights

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Film Festival has announced its programming highlights of its 14th edition that will run from 18 to 25 October.

The highlights include Palme d‘Or winner of the year Amour by Michael Haneke, Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg, The Angels‘ Share by Ken Loach, Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin, A Throw of Dice by Franz Osten, The Leopard by Luchino Visconti, Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone, On the Road by Walter Salles, Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard and Blancanieves (Snow White) by Pablo Berger. The complete lineup will be announced on Monday, 24th September, 2012.

This year, a new competitive section has been introduced by the name of India Gold 2012 to commemorate the 100 years of Indian cinema. With a total prize of Rs 15 lakh plus Golden and Silver Gateway trophies, this section will henceforth be a part of the festival each year.

The venue of the festival too has been changed to National Centre for Performing Arts and INOX in South Mumbai.

Details on the titles announced so far:

Armour by Michael Haneke is a story of Georges and Anne, two cultivated, old and retired music teachers. Their daughter Eva, also a musician, lives abroad with her family. The couple‘s bond of love is severely tested when one day Anne has an attack. The film features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Hupper. Armour won the Palme d‘Or at Cannes Film Festival 2012.

Cosmopolis is directed by David Cronenberg. Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager‘s day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.The film premiered in competition for the Palme d‘Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathier Amalric and Juliette Binoche.

The Angels‘ Share by Ken Loach is a story of a young father who narrowly avoids a prison sentence. He is determined to turn over a new leaf and when he and his friends from the same community payback group visit a whisky distillery, a route to a new life becomes apparent. The film stars Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, and Siobhan Reilly. The film competed for the Palme d‘Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the director Loach won the Jury Prize.

Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin is the story of a six-year-old Hushpuppy who must learn the ways of courage and love. She is faced with both her hot-tempered father‘s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs. The movie stars Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.

The film won the Caméra d‘Or award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival under the Un Certain Regard section. It also won the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival. The film went on to earn the Los Angeles Film Festival‘s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Seattle International Film Festival‘s Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director.

A Throw of Dice is directed by Franz Osten. The silent film is based on an episode from the Indian epic; The Mahabharata. The movie is about two kings vying for the love of a hermit‘s daughter, the beautiful Sunita. The two kings, Ranjit and Sohan share a passion for gambling and decide to play a game of craps to determine who will marry Sunita. The film stars Seeta Devi, Himansu Rai, Charu Roy and Modhu Bose.

A Throw of Dice has been in the British Film Institute (BFI)‘s archives since 1945. In 2006, the film was digitally restored in honour of the 60th anniversary of Indian independence, and re-released at the Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada, on 13 June 2008, with a new orchestral score by British Indian composer, Nitin Sawhney.

The Leopard directed by Luchino Visconti narrates the tale of the Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, who tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860?s Sicily.The film stars Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale. The film won the Palme d‘Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963, and was also nominated for an Oscar for the Best Costume Design, Color in 1964.

Once Upon a Time in America is the story of a former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster who returns to Brooklyn after over 30 years, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.The film stars Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern. Directed by Sergio Leone, the film won the BAFTA Film Awards for the Best Costume Design and Best Score in 1985, and was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for the Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actress in the same year.

On the Road by Walter Salles narrates the story of Sal Paradise, a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty, a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner, and his girl, Marylou. The film was nominated for the Palme d‘Or at Cannes Film Festival 2012 and for the Official Competition Award at the Sidney Film Festival 2012.

Rust and Bone is directed by Jacques Audiard. Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali‘s bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. The film was nominated for the Palme d‘Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and won the Golden Swann for Best Film at the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 2012.

Blancanieves (Snow White) is directed by Pablo Berger. Released in 2012, the film is a Gothic melodrama by the popular take by the Grimm Brothers.

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