Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MAMI gears up to welcome renowned French Artists Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, Nassim Amaouche, and others tomorrow

The 13th Mumbai Film Festival, a Reliance entrainment initiative that is opening tomorrow is all set to welcome some of the best new French cinema and artists for the 4th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance.

The festival will see renowned French cinema personalities such as Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, Nassim Amouache, Martin Provost, José Alcala and Stéphane Robelin amongst others in attendance.

Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet, Consul General of France said, “We are happy to be associated with the Mumbai Film Festival. The Mumbai Film Festival has certainly etched a place for itself, to be recognized as one of the best film festivals both in India and Internationally. The ‘4th Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ section will showcase some of the best new French Cinema, with the participation of some well-known French stars.”

French directors Delphine (R) and Muriel Coulin (L)..
The special section seeks to establish an exhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of French contemporary cinema, helping Indian distributors to promote new French films and celebrate the growing Indo-French ties. A total of ten films will be screened during the course of the festival, including some of the acclaimed and award winning new films.

The section will open with The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius – a new silent film that pays thoughtful tribute to the traditions of the past while creating fun for modern audiences. Other films that will be screened include Beloved (“Les Bien-aimés”) by Christophe Honoré, Declaration of War (“La Guerre est déclarée”) by ValérieDonzelli, Fabienne (“Coup d’éclat”) by José Alcala, Service Entrance(“Les Femmes du 6ème étage”) by Philippe Le Guay, The Conquest (“La Conquête”) by Xavier Durringer, The Long Falling (“Où va la nuit”) by Martin Provost, The Minister (“L’Exercice de l’état) by Pierre Schöller, The Snows of Kilimanjaro (“Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro”) by Robert Guédiguian and Tomboy by Céline Schiamma.

Srinivasan Narayanan, Festival Director, 13th Mumbai Film Festival said "Mumbai Film Festival is committed to showcasing the best of world Cinema, this only validates our efforts. We are delighted to be welcoming some of the fine French talents and thank the French Embassy in India and Unifrance for their support to the Mumbai Film Festival in scaling up the festival with brand new films and celebrity participation from France."

Régine Hatchondo, General Manager, Unifrance said, “The eclectic mix of films lined up for the ‘4th Rendez-vous with French Cinema in India’ is set to mesmerize the Indian audience. Aimed at showcasing the incredible diversity of French cinema, it will provide exciting emotions and develop relationships with Indian distributors to help them discover and release French films.”

Additionally, an impressive lineup of more than 30 French films will be part of the 13th Mumbai Film Festival and Eva Ionesco’s My Little Princess starring Isabelle Huppert, one of the most talented French actresses will represent France in the International Competition.

Ravikant Singh

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