Jio MAMI Film Festival 2023: 20 films to watch out for!

Sakshi Sharma
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JioMAMI Film Festival

JioMAMI Film Festival

Jio MAMI Film Festival which will run for 8 days in 8 different locations with over 250 films to showcase has some gems for anyone attending the festival! 

October 27 to November 3 is a dream come true for cinephiles with more than 250+ films from India and International cinema screening across multiple theatres in Mumbai. To make it a little less overwhelming, some light reading about these films can definitely help you navigate better. To help you with this, we're here with a list of 20 films that you might want to catch across these 8 days at Jio MAMI Film Festival!

Besides Buckingham Murders by Hansal Mehta starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, The Rapist by Aparna Sen starring Konkana Sen Sharma, and Arjun Rampal, Badminton by Dibakar Banerjee starring Sayani Gupta and Jim SarbhWhile We Watched by Vinay Shukla, and Indi(r)a's Emergency by Vikramaditya Motwayne, here's what you might want to keep an eye out for!

Also Read: The Indian Film Project Festival: Insightful, nostalgic and lots of fun!

Check it out! 

National Cinema 

Agra - Kanu Behl 

A film that premiered at Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival through Guru and his family, looks into the idea of lack of physical space and henceforth lack of space to explore sexuality in India. 

Sthal - Jayant Somalkar

A debut director's exploration of the space of arranged marriages in India through the story of an arranged marriage set in rural Maharashtra. The film also won the NETPAC award for the best Asian film at the TIFF

Stolen - Karan Tejpal

When a posh family gets into a riff about a child's kidnapping with a daily wage worker at a railway station, many internalised issues spew out like inequality of class, misinformation in the digital age, and fear of lynchings. The film had its premiere at the BFI!

Goodbye, Hello - Omkar Pathak 

A short film that involves an encounter between a ghost and a girl in the middle of the city on a quiet little terrace before the sun rises.

Berlin - Atul Sabharwal 

In 1993, in New Delhi, a deaf-mute young man, who is accused by the bureau of being a spy is arrested. The line between guilt and innocence starts to blur when a sign language expert is brought as an interpreter. 

Joram - Devashish Makhija 

A father is on the run with his little baby girl to escape the ghosts of his past and all the forces that want him dead.

All India Rank - Varun Grover

The slice-of-life dramedy film set in the late 1990s is about a 17-year-old Vivek who is sent away from home to a prep school to prepare for the highly competitive IIT entrance examination.

Dhuin - Achal Mishra

A small-town theatre actor, Pankaj, with high aspirations of making it big in Mumbai is faced with a dilemma as he has to choose between his passion for following his dreams and obligations to his family under a deep financial strain post the lockdown.

Fire in the Mountains - Ajitpal Singh 

A story set in the Himalayan mountains where a desperate mother toils away to save money to build a road so that she can take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy finds herself in trouble when her husband steals said money as he believes that shamanic ritual is the right cure for their son. 

Attam - Anand Ekarshi 

The men of a theatre group find themselves in a difficult position when a woman member of their group accuses one of them of molesting her. The film is considered to be a great chamber drama and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. 

International Cinema 

Anatomy of a Fall - Justine Triet

The film that won Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year follows the moral dilemma of a blind son whose mother is accused of her husband's murder and he is the sole witness. 

Afire - Christian Petzold

A German film about a group of friends on a holiday home by the Baltic Sea where emotions run high as the parched forest around them catches fire. It won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. 

The Monk and the Gun - Pawo Choyning Dorji 

The film is about an American traveling to Bhutan in search of a treasure and ends up crossing paths with a young monk who wanders through the serene mountains, instructed by his teacher to make things right again. The film is Bhutan's official entry for the Oscars! 

Strange Way of Life - Pedro Almodovar

Lovers reunite after twenty-five years in an English-Spanish Western where Silva rides a horse across the desert to visit Sheriff Jake. 

Monster - Hirokazu Kore-eda

When a single mother demands answers from the teacher for her son's strange behaviour, dark layers seem to unfold. The film won best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival this year. 

Maestro - Bradley Cooper 

A biopic that is a love story that chronicles the lifelong relationship of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. 

The Old Oak - Ken Loach

When Syrian refugees start making their place in a shut-down mining community of Ireland, things start to change for them, especially for a pub owner T.J. Ballantyne. 

Bye Bye Tiberias - Lina Soulem 

Years after leaving her Palestinian village to pursue an acting career in France, Hiam Abbass, popularly known for her role as Marcia in Succession returns home with her daughter. Given the current situation, this intimate documentary about four generations of women and their shared legacy of separation feels all the more special. 

The Mother of Lies - Asmae El Moudir 

The winner of the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, the film follows the director and her father recreating their past through miniatures after the director's grandmother prohibits them from taking any photos or images. 

Sultana's Dream - Isabel Herguera 

Inés sets out on a voyage of discovery around India in search of Ladyland, the Utopian land of women. The film is inspired by a sci-fi story published in 1905 by feminist thinker Rokeya Hossain. 

Which of these are you most excited to catch? Tell us in the comments below! 

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