Mumbai: The 13th Mumbai Film Festival is set to welcome French cinema and artists for the fourth edition of the Rendez-vous with French cinema co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance.
The festival will see French cinema personalities such as Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin, Nassim Amouache, Martin Provost, José Alcala and Stéphane Robelin in attendance.
Consul General of France Jean-Raphaël Peytregnet said, “We are happy to be associated with the Mumbai Film Festival. The ‘4th Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ section will showcase some new French Cinema, with the participation of some French stars.”
The special section seeks to establish a 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. Ten films will be screened during the festival, including 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.
13th Mumbai Film Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan said, "Mumbai Film Festival is committed to showcasing the best of world Cinema. We are welcoming 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."
Unifrance general manager Régine Hatchondo 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 diversity of French cinema, it will develop relationships with Indian distributors to help them discover and release French films.”