It’s that time of the year again, when the movie enthusiasts are die-hard fans of Indian and International films are balancing a sling bag on the shoulder and cappuccino in another hand and pacing themselves in the endless queues and asking the same old repeated questions but with the same enthusiasm as of watching the first movie:
“How did you like the previous film and what are you expecting from this one?”
And thanks to the abysmal turn of Hindi spoken films at this year at the Mumbai Film Festival lovingly known as MAMI it has never been more eagerly-awaited. Without much further adieu, let’s get down to the 15 films you just cannot afford to miss:
Mukkabaaz, after receiving a very warm reaction at the Toronto International Film Festival it is now, it’s official Asia premiere. An Anurag Kashyap directorial, it’s a sports drama starring Vineeth Kumar and Jimmy Shergill the film delves into India’s broken and corrupt sporting system and explores the prominence of caste politics.
From the director of the Oscar-winning movie Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky yet again brings to us an insane psychological horror film, starring Jennifer Lawrence who is married to Javier Bardem and is significantly childless. And the story has just begun, we don’t wanna out in any spoilers.
A Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini directorial, Dina is a film about the relationship between a man dealing with Asperger Syndrome and a woman batteling multiple ‘disorders’. Dina takes the humane route, and that means wondering about more than how ‘differently-abled’ people ‘do it’.
4. Loving Vincent
A Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman directorial, it’s the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, bringing the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in by exploring the extremely complicated life and one of the most controversial deaths of history’s most remembered artist. More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other and re-imagining the last phase of his life and the theory that he did not actually commit suicide.
5. The Square
A Ruben Ostlund directorial it is this year’s Palme d’Or-winner at Cannes. Starring the recent Emmy-winning Elizabeth Moss from The Handmaiden’s Tale, the film revolves around the mishappenings that lead to when a renowned Swedish museum hires a public relations team to promote the museum.
A Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor directorial, this film is 90 minutes of the sheer company of a Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa whose crimes came to be noted in 1981, after being arrested in Paris for the murder of his classmate Renee Hartevelt on the charges of killing her and doing unmentionable things to her corpse. And here’s the catch, he was declared unfit for trial and was shipped back to Japan to live free. The movie is one hell of a bizarre trip to watch this guy look directly at the camera, talking about illicit desires and skirting the issue.
P.S. It’ll take you some time to get the haunting trailer out of your mind once you see it.
From the flag-bearer of the Indian short film scene, the Devashish Makhija directorial is a rape revenge drama that circles around a 65-year-old granny avenging the rapists of her 9-year-old grand-daughter.
8. Meatball Machine Kodoku
P.S. Do not bother to get popcorns for just this one.
A Yoshihiro Nishimura directorial, this Japanese movie is mandatory for a film festival, I mean we are talking about a full-fledged sci-fi scene with parasitic aliens in the city of Tokyo converting the citizens into murder machines leading to the scenes of blood sprays, bullets flying out of breasts, flesh flying everywhere as if humans were being put through a food processor. Why would one wanna miss this?
9. 68 Kill
#RelationshipGoals red pilled is what one can literally say about this movie. A Trent Haaga directorial, this movie quite literally takes the idea of ‘Bad people doing awful things’ to a whole new level with this dark comedy. The actor is smitten with his girlfriend enough to go to the ends of the world for her. And that also includes robbing their landlord, during which she kills, maims and slaughters with an inordinate amount of pleasure.
10. What Will People Say
What Will People Say is a is a timely film about female oppression and enforced tradition and is too relevant to ignore. The story revolves around the life of a 16-year-old Pakistani girl, Nisha, who is made to leave her house in Norway and is taken forcibly back to Pakistan as her dad catches her with her boyfriend. She now must learn to live in exile and go from a liberal life to a far more submissive and controlled lifestyle.
A Julian Rosefeldt directorial, this film looks to be one of the most unique cinematic experiences this year’s line-up has to offer. Cate Blanchett, she played Bob Dylan once; she could play the world. And she does, portraying 13 distinct characters that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th-century art movements. You can’t say you’re not the least bit curious. Let’s just hope it proves to be more satisfying then self-indulgent.
12. The Hungry
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Neeraj Kabi and Tisca Chopra, all in a Shakespearean adaptation, the movie is an international sensation already after it’s Toronto premiere and now it’s coming home people with its Indian premiere. Based on Shakespeare’s lesser-known Titus Andronicus, The Hungry is set within the midst of two wealthy families who get tangled in a web of deceit and murder.
13. The Valley
The debutant director’s Sailar Kariat movie, has already won the Best Original Screenplay at the Madrid International Film Festival and Best Feature Film at Long Island International Film Expo. The trailer tells a powerful, heartbreaking and deeply moving story about a Silicon Valley CEO Neal Kumar set on a journey to understand what led his daughter to commit suicide through which he learns as much about himself as he does about his deceased daughter.