Watchlist: 20th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (2018 Edition)

by TejasNair | created - 4 months ago | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Gearing up for the festival starting 25 October 2018, here is a list of must-watch films at the 20th edition of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

Curated by me based on hype, performance in other film festivals around, and sheer artistry.

For more updates and takes on the festival, check out my blog - http://www.nairtejas.com/.

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1. Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018)

134 min | Action, Comedy

It is a story of a young boy Surya who has a rare condition of Congenital Insensitivity to pain meaning he can not feel pain, and he sets out to learn martial arts and hunt down muggers.

Director: Vasan Bala | Stars: Abhimanyu Dasani, Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Madan, Mahesh Manjrekar

Votes: 144

Opening film

2. Roma (2018)

R | 135 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, Carlos Peralta

Votes: 80,588

3. Balekempa (2018)

108 min | Drama

Kempanna, the bangle seller, roams the countryside adorning the hands and faces of women with beauty products. Yet he seems to have little time for his own wife, Saubaghya. Indeed, the only... See full summary »

Director: Eregowda

Votes: 16

4. Ottamuri Velicham (2017)

102 min | Drama

Set against the backdrop of a beautiful hilltop village surrounded by dense forest and a decaying tea plantation is the story of Sudha, an under privileged woman who reaches this village ... See full summary »

Director: Rahul Riji Nair | Stars: Vinitha Koshy, Deepak Parambol, Devaki Rajendran, Abhimanyu Ramanandan

Votes: 53

5. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

230 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

Director: Bo Hu | Stars: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li

Votes: 1,153

6. Las herederas (2018)

98 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Chela and Chiquita are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30 years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Martinessi | Stars: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez

Votes: 1,435 | Gross: $0.05M

7. Wildlife (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

80 Metascore

A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

Director: Paul Dano | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Ed Oxenbould

Votes: 9,884 | Gross: $1.03M

9. Burning (2018)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun, Soo-Kyung Kim

Votes: 14,660 | Gross: $0.71M

10. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, Music, Romance

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 24,823 | Gross: $3.79M

11. First Reformed (2017)

R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill

Votes: 27,860 | Gross: $3.45M

12. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 17,336 | Gross: $3.12M

13. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

69 Metascore

In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard, Kerry Butler

Votes: 9,971 | Gross: $0.90M

14. Ahlat Agaci (2018)

188 min | Drama

85 Metascore

An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into gambling.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Ergüçlü

Votes: 9,538 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Mandy (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 37,833 | Gross: $1.21M

16. Kraben rahu (2018)

105 min | Drama

Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the ... See full summary »

Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng | Stars: Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Rasmee Wayrana

Votes: 184

17. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

79 Metascore

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown, Danny McCarthy

Votes: 72,711

18. Jiang hu er nü (2018)

137 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 1,388

19. Pájaros de verano (2018)

125 min | Drama

90 Metascore

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

Directors: Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Stars: Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes, Jhon Narváez

Votes: 2,181 | Gross: $0.04M

20. Yom Adaatou Zouli (2018)

94 min | Drama

In Syria in 2012 a mother ventures into a war zone to find a gas cylinder so she can prepare a meal for her son. She discovers that in the besieged area the people there have lost their shadows.

Director: Soudade Kaadan | Stars: Reham Alkassar, Sawsan Arshid, Samer Ismail, Oweiss Mkhallalati

Votes: 67

21. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 111,296 | Gross: $48.69M

22. Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | 109 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard, Derek John Drescher

Votes: 28,155 | Gross: $6.05M

23. Transit (I) (2018)

101 min | Drama

78 Metascore

When a man flees France after the Nazi invasion, he assumes the identity of a dead author whose papers he possesses. Stuck in Marseilles, he meets a young woman desperate to find her missing husband - the very man he's impersonating.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman

Votes: 2,164

24. Ying (2018)

116 min | Action, Drama, History

88 Metascore

Set during China's Three Kingdom's era (AD 220-280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it. The king, violent and ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng, Qianyuan Wang

Votes: 1,584

25. Border (2018)

R | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

75 Metascore

A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

Director: Ali Abbasi | Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén

Votes: 5,349 | Gross: $0.77M

26. Gangbyeon hotel (2018)

96 min | Drama

79 Metascore

It is the dead of winter and a poet invites his sons to join him at a hotel for a reunion. The hotel also hosts a newly single woman who has a friend keep her company and with whom she ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Ju-bong Gi, Min-hee Kim, Hae-hyo Kwon, Seon-mi Song

Votes: 160 | Gross: $0.01M

27. In den Gängen (2018)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Christian begins to work as a shelf stacker at a supermarket and finds himself in a new, unknown world: the long aisles, the bustle at the checkouts, the forklifts.

Director: Thomas Stuber | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Franz Rogowski, Peter Kurth, Henning Peker

Votes: 2,180

28. Di qiu zui hou de ye wan (2018)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

88 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Wei Tang, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 890

29. Oiktos (2018)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

77 Metascore

The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy, a man addicted to sadness, who has such need for pity, he's willing to do everything to evoke it from others. This is the life of a man in a world not cruel enough for him.

Director: Babis Makridis | Stars: Evdoxia Androulidaki, Georgina Chryskioti, Yannis Drakopoulos, Makis Papadimitriou

Votes: 986

30. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

Director: Boots Riley | Stars: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick

Votes: 34,214 | Gross: $17.49M

31. Kona fer í stríð (2018)

101 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland-but the ... See full summary »

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 1,707

32. A Twelve-Year Night (2018)

TV-MA | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort, César Troncoso

Votes: 3,630

33. Rajma Chawal (2018)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An internet-rookie father attempts to use social media to enhance his faltering relationship with his millennial son.

Director: Leena Yadav | Stars: Amyra Dastur, Rishi Kapoor, Sheeba Chaddha, Aparshakti Khurana

Votes: 1,094

34. High Life (2018)

R | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth

Votes: 1,287

35. Madeline's Madeline (2018)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

A theatre director's latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July, Okwui Okpokwasili

Votes: 2,021 | Gross: $0.18M

36. Diamantino (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

83 Metascore

Diamantino, the world's premiere soccer star loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, the international icon sets on a delirious odyssey where ... See full summary »

Directors: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt | Stars: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira

Votes: 628

37. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Music

83 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 13,713

38. Tarde Para Morir Joven (2018)

110 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara (10), face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year's ... See full summary »

Director: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo | Stars: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo

Votes: 236

39. In Fabric (2018)

118 min | Comedy, Horror

84 Metascore

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences..

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Gwendoline Christie, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Caroline Catz, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Votes: 497

40. Thunder Road (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A police officer faces a personal meltdown following a divorce and the death of his mother.

Director: Jim Cummings | Stars: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer

Votes: 5,952

41. House of My Fathers (2018)

100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Two Sri Lankan villages - one Tamil, one Sinhala - have been at war with each other for decades. When, on both sides, villagers become infertile, they receive a message from the gods. A ... See full summary »

Director: Suba Sivakumaran | Stars: Steve De La Zilwa, Dharshan Dharmaraj, Bimal Jayakodi, Dasun Pathirana

Votes: 16

42. In My Room (2018)

119 min | Drama

A bored man suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared though he isn't sure what happened.

Director: Ulrich Köhler | Stars: Hans Löw, Elena Radonicich, Michael Wittenborn, Ruth Bickelhaupt

Votes: 207

43. Jonaki (2018)

90 min | Drama

While Jonaki, an 80-year-old woman, searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind.

Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta | Stars: Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Lolita Chatterjee, Sumanto Chattopadhyay, Jim Sarbh

Votes: 62

45. Mehsampur (2018)

99 min | Drama

A desperate filmmaker drives a neurotic actress and an aging musician to a village of trauma.

Director: Kabir Chowdhry | Stars: Lal Chand, Devrath Joshi, Navjot Randhawa, Jagjeet Sandhu

Votes: 18

46. Widows (2018)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Votes: 45,554 | Gross: $42.40M

Closing film

47. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 11,821 | Gross: $1.44M

48. Double Lives (2018)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middle-age crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret

Votes: 846

49. Boy Erased (2018)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama