Silent films finally on screen

The 14th Mumbai Film Festival will screen restored silent films accompanied by live orchestra

To mark the centenary celebration of Indian cinema, the 14th edition of Mumbai Film Festival will screen a package of restored Indian silent films accompanied by live orchestra. These films include classics such as ‘Kaliya Mardan’, ‘Raja Harishchandra’, ‘Marthand Varma’, ‘Throw Of Dice’, ‘Sati Savitri’, ‘Jamai Babu’, ‘Galliant Heart’ and few others. Apart from that, it will also screen acclaimed films such as Shatranj ke Khiladi, Charulata and Kalpana.

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For the second consecutive year, the best of contemporary French cinema will be presented as part of ‘Rendezvous with French Cinema’ section in association with the Embassy of France in India and Unifrance. Also, films tracing the history of Italian cinema will be screened in association with the Embassy of Italy in India and the Italian film director and film academician Mr Italo Spinelli. It will feature 30 celebrated Italian movies dating back to 1910 and 1920 (Quo Vadis and The Last Day of Pompeii) through the 50s ('Sunday in August' and 'Poor and Beautiful') to the latest ones (The Interval).
Other highlights include a special section on restored classics from around the world, a package of films from Afghanistan (Kabul Fresh- New Voices in Afghan Cinema) which recognizes the blossoming film movement in the country. A special homage will be paid to the legends who passed away this year like Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh and A.K. Hangal. Actress Waheeda Rehman will be conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
The Festival will also witness the country’s first ever panel discussion on restoration and preservation of films with the attendance of eminent guests from the World Cinema foundation, Film foundation, Twentieth Century Fox Archives and Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shyam Benegal, Filmmaker and Chairman of MAMI, said, “This is the best festival yet and this has been possible due to the support we have been receiving from our sponsors, Government of Maharashtra, the industry and most importantly the media. The eight days will be marked with screenings of some of the most awaited films, academic initiatives and discussions on topics governing the film industry and audience at large.”
 
Commenting on the line up of films, Mr Srinivasan Narayanan, Director, MFF, said “We continue to have a grand repertoire of films and are pleased to screen the likes of ‘Amour’,’ Antiviral’, ‘Blancanieves’,’ Holy Motors’, ‘On the Road’, ‘Cosmopolis’, ‘Beyond the Hills’ and ‘The Taste of Money’ among the numerous other award-winning films, all of which are Indian premieres. All this has been possible with the support of Mrs. Tina Ambani, Reliance Entertainment team and American Express being committed to the growth of the Festival.”

Here's the selection of films of films to be screened: