12th MAMI focuses on young independent filmmakers

Mumbai: The 12th edition of Mumbai Film Festival organised by the Moving Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) will focus on the work of young independent filmmakers worldwide with premieres of 11 movies.

The week-long festival commences here from October 21. All the films depict the filmmakers` take at handling varied human emotions.

Two movies are from Malayalam filmmakers - Dr Biju Kumar with the World Premiere of `The Way Home`. The plot revolves around a doctor with a haunting past. Working at the prison hospital, he is assigned the case of a woman who is surviving member of notorious terrorist group. Before dying she entrusts him to find her five-year-old son and unite him with his father who is the head of the terrorist group.

Finding the boy from a village, the doctor and the child set out on a journey to find his father.

Another Malayalam film is `Punyam Aham` by Raj Nair. The story is about a man`s search for his own true identity, set in the heart of a small village in the North of Kerala, the film follows the story of Narayanan Unni, who has lived in the agony of the story of his origin for many years, and now wants to find the answers that will put an end to all the doubts, questions and unfulfilled desires.

Both films star Malayalam star Prithviraj Sukumaran.

The premiere section will dwell on Mumbai where two films from foreigners will be screened. `Next Year in Mumbai` directed and scripted by Jonas Pariente and Mathias Mangin is based on the lives of Bene Israeli community of Indian Jews.

Whereas "Sound of Mumbai: A Musical" by Sarah McCarthy captures the moving story of a choir of children from a Mumbai slum who stage a concert of songs from the film `Sound of Music` with Bombay Chamber Orchestra.

US-based Indian origin filmmaker Nayan Padrai will be here with his film `When Harry tries to marry` while another director Sudhish Kamath will showcase his movie `Good Night Good Morning`.

`Florida Road` by South African filmmaker Brad Glass revolves around a wealthy indian family in the city of Durban.

The director says his film has a Bollywood flavour with Hollywood traditions that people all over the world can enjoy. Mumbai-based actors Ashmit Patel, Smita Jaykar, Priyanshu Chaterjee team up with South African actors for this movie.

FTII graduate K M Kamal`s debut film `Alif` has seven different stories in a single narrative, connecting different lives associated with a single character name called Mustafa.

The film was part of the curriculum for students specialising in acting and has been produced by FTII itself.

Among the Indian films to be screened include actor Aamir Bashir`s debut directorial venture `Harud` (Autumn) features in the International competition section. Aparna Sen`s Bengali film `Iti Mrinalini`, Girish Kasarvalli`s Kannada film `Kanasemba Kudureyaneri` (riding the stallion of a dream), Marathi film `Mani Mangalsutra` by Gauri Sarawate.