15th Mumbai Film Festival to feature 29 French films and
“ 6th Rendez-vo-us with French Cinema ”
· Costa Gavras, highly acclaimed French film maker to receive the“Lifetime Achievement Award”
· Nathalie Baye, an actress with a career span of 40 years to be an International Jury member
· 2013 Cannes Palme d’or Winner “Blue is the warmest color” (AbdellatifKéchiche)
· 15 French cinema professionals will attend the 15th Mumbai FilmFestival, including journalists, distributors, producers, directors and actors like Costa Gavras, Nathalie Baye, Leos Carax,
Mahamat Saleh Haroun (Grigris) and Guillaume Brac (“Tonnerre” inthe official competition)
· 29 French features to be screened
Mumbai, October 16, 2013: The 15th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) presentedby Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of MovingImage (MAMI) is all set to showcase the best of contemporary French cinemaand welcome artists for the 6th edition of the Rendez-vous with FrenchCinema co-organized with the French Embassy in India, InstitutFrançais en Inde and Unifrance films.
On the 17th of October, the MFF will welcome renowned French cinemapersonalities. Costa Gavras will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awardduring the opening ceremony in the presence of His Excellency Mr FrançoisRichier, Ambassador of France to India who will grace us with his presencespecially for this occasion. Among others, Nathalie Baye, jury member of the international section, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, director of the film“Grigris”, Guillaume Brac, director of the film “Tonnerre” (Competition) andLeos Carax, well known film maker who will be conducting a masters class.
Speaking about the association and the program, Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet,the Consul General of France in Bombay says “In 1896, the first ever films shotby the Lumière Brothers, Louis and Auguste were shown in Mumbai and as thisyear India celebrates the centennial of Indian cinema. As the Consul General of France in Bombay, I am very proud that France will be represented with 29films and 15 professionals from the cinema field to carry the legacy of theLumière Brothers forward.”
The special section “Rendez-vous with French cinema” seeks to establish anexhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema, helping Indian distributors to promote new French films and celebratethe growing Indo-French ties.
On the 18th of October, the “Rendez-Vous with French cinema” section willopen with acclaimed director François Ozon’s film “Young and Beautiful” at Liberty Cinema. Other important films that will be screened as part of thissection include, Abdellatif Kéchiche’s “Blue is the warmest color”, “A Castle inItaly” by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, “Grigris” by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun,“Jealousy” by Philippe Garrel, “Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants” byThomas Szabo & Hélène Szabo, “Miss and The Doctors” by Axelle Ropert,“Mood Indigo” by Michel Gondry, “The Nun” by Guillaume Nicloux and “ThePast” by Asghar Farhadi.
Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, 15th Mumbai Film Festival says “It is my privilege to collaborate with Unifrance films, Institut Françaisde Paris and the Embassy of France in India for the third consecutive year. The6th Rendez-vous with the French Cinema which is part of the 15th MumbaiFilm Festival will showcase ten beautiful French films including the Palme d’Orfilm at Cannes. I am glad that the MFF is bestowing the Life Time AchievementAward to one of the greatest French Film makers, Costa Gavras which was forme a dream come true. One of the greatest French actresses, Nathalie Baye ispart of our international jury and Leos Carax will be conducting a Masters Class. Hope our patrons will enjoy the best of contemporary French Cinema and welook forward for more collaborations with France”.
Isabelle Giordano, General Manager, Unifrance films says “I am delightedthat the French cinema is again in the spotlight of this year's Festival ofMumbai. It is a great pleasure to see our beautiful cinema crossing allboundaries. It also allows our artists, actors, actresses, film makers to be knownoutside France which
for me is a cultural issue and of economic importance today, in a world wherethe business multiplies day by day. I look forward to these wonderfulencounters that will be rich and fruitful without any doubt.
Mumbai Film Mart (MFM) : 5 French professionals will beparticipating at the Mumbai Film Mart. Marc Baschet, Producer(coproducer of the film « Lunchbox »), ASAP Films.
Agilane Pajaniradja, distributor of Indianfilms in France, Aanna Films. Isabelle Dubar,distributor, Happiness Distribution.
François Da Silva, Producer.
Anne Delseth, Member of the Selection Committee, Director’s fortnight, CannesFilm Festival