21st MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (2019 Edition) - Essentialsby nairtejas | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
MAMI 2019 watchlist.
And like every year, the much-awaited MAMI Mumbai Film Festival is back in 2019, this time happening between 17 October and 24 October. And here is a list of must-watch films that every cinephile should catch by hook or crook. Means by booking a show at 8 in the morning on BookMyShow or waiting in a serpentine queue or by cheating the system or by pushing the person next to you to gain that one pass to the show. Whatever it takes, right?
Curated by me based on hype and buzz, performance in other film festivals around the world (chiefly TIFF, Venice, Cannes, Telluride, and Sundance), and sheer artistry. The first time I have added documentaries to my list.
For more updates and takes on the festival, check out my website - nair tejas dot com.
Last updated: 12 October 2019
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1. The Elder One (2019)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A transgender child from Lakshadweep sets off to Mumbai in pursuit of Akbar, an elder brother who left the island due to his sexual orientation.
AKA The Elder One. Opening film. First-ever Malayalam film to do so.
5. Bitter Tree (2019)
113 min | Drama, Family | Completed
KAAJRO is story of Tilgya, belonging to an untouchable caste. His village is celebrating the annual festival of Dasshera, marking triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana i.e. good over bad. ... See full summary »
9. Bombay Rose (2019)
93 min | Animation, Drama, Romance
BOMBAY ROSE is a beautiful hand-painted animation created by award winning animator Gitanjali Rao. A romance set on the streets of Bombay we witness Kamala and Salim's quest for love in this chaotic and beautiful city.
10. Gamak Ghar (2019)
91 min | Drama
In a north Indian village, a family reunites at their ancestral house to celebrate a new birth in the family. It's a joyous, carefree occasion. Over the next two decades, through festivals ... See full summary »
12. Cargo (2019)
119 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A young female astronaut, who joins a reclusive astronaut aboard a spaceship, struggles with her job as she interacts with mysterious Cargos that appear on the ship.
14. The Report (I) (2019)
R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller
Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.
16. Ad Astra (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.
Votes: 67,157 | Gross: $35.40M
17. Midsommar (I) (2019)
R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Votes: 77,274 | Gross: $27.33M
20. Sorry We Missed You (2019)
101 min | Drama
Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.
23. Bacurau (2019)
131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.
26. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.
Votes: 11,296 | Gross: $2.41M
28. The Whistlers (2019)
97 min | Comedy, Crime
A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.
29. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
PG-13 | 120 min | Documentary
This artful and intimate meditation on the legendary storyteller examines her life, her works and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
Votes: 225 | Gross: $0.88M
30. Varda by Agnès (2019– )
115 min | Documentary, Biography
Agnès Varda, photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague, is an institution of French cinema. Taking a seat on a theatre stage, she uses photos and film excerpts to provide an insight into her unorthodox oeuvre.
31. What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)
98 min | Documentary, Biography
A portrait of the work and life of controversial film critic Pauline Kael, and her battle to achieve success and influence in the 20th century movie business.
34. Atlantics (2019)
104 min | Drama
In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.
35. Babyteeth (2019)
120 min | Comedy, Drama
When seriously ill teenager Milla falls madly in love with smalltime drug dealer Moses, it's her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for ... See full summary »
36. Die Kinder der Toten (2019)
90 min | Mystery
Karin and her dominate mother stand out from the huge crowd of descending travelers. After an extravagant dinner consisting of singing and traditional Styrian dishes, the tourists are run ... See full summary »
37. Sole (2019)
90 min | Drama
Lena is seven months pregnant and she's ready to sell the baby in her belly. Ermanno agrees to pretend to be the father. Fabio, the uncle of Ermanno, will pay them to buy the child that he ... See full summary »
39. Talking About Trees (2019)
90 min | Documentary
Four older Sudanese filmmakers with passion for film battle to bring cinema-going back to Sudan, not without resistance. Their 'Sudanese Film Club' have decided to revive an old cinema, and again draw attention to Sudanese film history.
40. You Will Die at 20 (2019)
103 min | Drama
Shortly after Muzamil was born, the village's holy man predicts that he will die at age 20. Muzamil's father can't stand the curse and leaves home. Sakina raises her son as a single mother, overly protective. One day, Muzamil turns 19.
41. A Thing Of Magic (2019)
100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Gundu Kakka is a struggling harmonium player, who aspires to join a local drama troupe. One day, after watching a 3D movie, he presents a pair of 3D glasses to two sisters - Pradnya and ... See full summary »
42. Aadhaar (2019)
107 min | Drama
The story revolves around a villager called Pharsua, who is the first to enrol for Aadhaar card in his village but due to a premonition concerning his wife's health by the village priest ... See full summary »
43. Roam Rome Mein (2019)
Raj (played by Nawazuddin Siddique) goes to Rome in search of his missing sister. In his search he meets some magical characters who take him through his own journey of self realization. Does he find his sister in the end?
44. The Illegal (2019)
86 min | Drama
A gritty realistic story about a young film school student from middle-class India who's forced to drop out to support his family while staying in the United States as an undocumented worker.
45. The Last Color (2019)
90 min | Drama
The film is the screen adaptation of Chef Vikas Khanna's novel The Last Color, which follows the friendship between a young tight-rope walker and a widow named Noor in Vrindavan. The duo ... See full summary »
46. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Votes: 13,165 | Gross: $0.43M
48. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
Votes: 733,241 | Gross: $78.90M
49. Greener Grass (2019)
Unrated | 95 min | Comedy
Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.
50. Harpoon (2019)
R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror
Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean desperate for survival.
51. The Lodge (2019)
R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
52. The Two Popes (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.
53. The Wild Goose Lake (2019)
113 min | Crime, Drama