Wednesday, October 8, 2014

16th Mumbai Film Festival to feature 24 French films: Highly acclaimed French actress Catherine Deneuve to receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award”

The 16th Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) is all set to showcase the best of contemporary French cinema and welcome artists for the 7th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with the Embassy of France, InstitutFrançaisin Indiaand UniFrance films.

On the 14th of October, the MFF will welcome renowned French cinema personalities. Catherine Deneuve will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony. Among others, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, jury member of the international section, Thomas Cailley, director of “Love at first fight”, IndikaUdugampola, director of the film “The Night is still young” and Raphaël Neal, director of the film “Fever” (Competition) will attend the festival and interact with the audience.

Speaking about the association and the program, François Vandeville, Cultural Counsellor and Director of InstitutFrançais in India and Jean-RaphaëlPeytregnet, Consul General of France in Bombay says “We heartily congratulate the Indian Film Fraternity for all their support extended to the Mumbai Film Festival. The Festival is an excellent opportunity for cinema enthusiasts to discover and enjoy great films from all over the world. The Indians as well as the French love cinema. Amongst all the French films that will be showcased, we are delighted to screen a retrospective film dedicated to Catherine Deneuve who will honor us by her presence in Mumbai. The Mumbai Film Festival shows once again that it counts amongst the best in the world!”

The special section “Rendezvous with French cinema” 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.

On the 16th of October, the “Rendez-vous with French cinema” section will open with the film “In the Courtyard” by Pierre Salvadori in presence of Catherine Deneuve and the director. Other important films that will be screened as part of this section include, “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas, “French Riviera” by André Téchiné, “Girlhood” by Céline Sciamma, “Life of Riley” by Alain Resnais, “Love at First Fight” by Thomas Cailley, “Metamorphoses” by Christophe Honoré, “Saint Laurent” by Bertrand Bonello, “The Blue Room” by Mathieu Amalric and “The Search” by Michel Hazanavicius.

Srinivasan Narayanan, Director, 16th Mumbai Film Festival says “The strong bonds between UniFrance films, InstitutFrançaisin India and the Mumbai Film Festival, established in the past four years have been strengthening. This year the Mumbai Film Festival will enjoy the privilege and honour to confer the life time achievement award on another icon of the French Film industry, legendary yet evergreen actress Catherine Deneuve. Rendez-vous with French Cinema will showcase the cream of the French productions of the year.  The B2B interaction will be ensured by the specially created Remake Market, a new vehicle to present some of the latest French productions which can be remade in Indian languages. I must sincerely thank UniFrancefilms and the InstitutFrançaisin Indiafor making all this possible, for their trust in the Mumbai Film Festival as an organization to provide the right platform for stimulating the growth prospects for the film industries of both India and France. I am sure this bond, this association will continue to grow to new levels of cooperation”.

Isabelle Giordano, General Manager, UniFrance films says “It is a great pleasure to collaborate with the Mumbai Film festival again, and I would like to thank the MFF for their warm reception. This year the audience will discover a wide variety of subjects and themes which is the strength of French cinema. Among those, some strong and passionate portraits of women : "Party Girl", "Gett", "2 days, 1 night".  UniFrance would like to express our gratitude to the festival for bestowing the Lifetime Achievement Award to one of our greatest ambassadors, Catherine Deneuve. UniFrance is also pleased to inaugurate a new market for remakes, I am sure it will be an interesting opportunity for both sides. Experience and enjoy French films!

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