Mumbai International Film Festival Begins

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The 10th annual Mumbai International Film Festival, presented by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI), kicked off its festivities on Thursday with a screening of the highly acclaimed film, “Katyn”. Director Andrzej Wajda’s film, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this years Academy Awards, was the first of over 100 films to be screened throughout the weeklong festival.

Festival goers will have other chances to view works by Wajda, as six of his films, including “Ashes and Diamonds”, “Conductor”, “Hunting Flies”, “Landscape after the Battle”, “Man of Marble” and “Man of Iron”, will be included in a retrospective. Director Ritwik Ghatak will also be receiving a retrospective of his films at the festival.

Throughout the week the festival will also be screening short films—five minutes or less—that specifically hold Mumbai as their subject. This short film section, entitled “Dimensions Mumbai”, is the first of its kind for the festival.

The festival will include many notable highlights, including Romanian director Christian Mingui’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days”, as well as Naomi Kawase’s “Mourning Forest”, which took home the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2007. Kawase’s film will close the festival on March 13th.

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