24 must watch films from MAMI 2016

The 18th Mumbai Film festival (MAMI 2016) is from oct 20th -oct 27th 2016. For a film buff, MAMI is like second home wherein you spend hours watching movies. But When you live in maximum city – Mumbai, you do not have much time for your extracurricular passions likes sports, adventure, movies, etc. Therefore our Correspondent Praveen Jha has shortlisted 24 must watch films from MAMI 2016 that are so impactful thay they will transform you as a person in many ways. Check out the top films starting from number 24.

24. Those who make revolution
revolution-posterCountry: Canada
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Duration: 3:03

Klas Batalo, Giutizia, Tumulto and Ordine Nuovo, four twenty-somethings from Québec, reject the world in which they live. Three years after the collapse of the “Maple Spring” protest movement, they resort to a form of vandalism that gradually leads them closer to terrorism. But their revolutionary avant-garde is far from society’s prevailing aspirations and threatens to blow up in their faces.

23. The unknown girl
unknown-girl-posterCountry: Belgium
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Duration: 1:53

Jenny, a young general practitioner, feels guilty for not having opened the door of her practice to a girl who is found dead shortly after. On learning from the police that they have no way of identifying her, Jenny has only one goal: to discover the name of the young girl so that she will not be buried anonymously and will not disappear as if she had never lived.

22. Neon demon

neon-demon-posterCountry: France, Denmark, Sweden
Genre – Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Duration: 1:58
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.



21. Personal Shopper

personal-shopperCountry: USA
Genre – Drama , Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Duration: 1:45
Maureen is a young American woman in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity. Also, Maureen may have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who recently passed away. She soon starts receiving ambiguous messages coming from an unknown source.

20. Death in Sarajevo

death-sarajevo-posterCountry: Serbia
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.5
Duration: 1:25
The major hotel Europe in Sarajevo will receive an important visit on the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, attack that triggered World War. As the manager of the place waiting to Jacques, a special French guest, workers in the kitchen preparing a strike because they have spent months without pay and journalist records a television show on the roof.


19. Lovers and the despot
lovers-n-despot-posterCountry: USA
Genre – Documentary, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.6
Duration: 1:38
The film tells the story of a young, ambitious South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, who met and fell in love in 1950s in post-war Korea. In the ’70s, after reaching the top of Korean society, following a string of successful films, Choi was kidnapped in Hong Kong by North Korean agents and taken to meet Kim Jong-il. While searching for Choi, Shin also was kidnapped, and following five years of imprisonment, the couple was reunited in North Korea by the movie-obsessed Kim, who declared them his personal filmmakers. Choi and Shin planned their escape, but not before producing seventeen feature films for the dictator and gaining his trust in the process.


18. Lantouri
lantouriCountry: Iran
Genre – Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Duration: 1:55
Lantouri is the name of a gang that mugs people in broad daylight on the streets of Tehran and breaks into homes in the city’s rich Northern District. The gang also kidnaps children from families that have become wealthy through corruption and embezzlement of state funds. The film begins with the confessions of individual gang members. It also weaves the testimonials of sociologists, human rights activists and political hardliners which provides a disturbing portrayal of a society in which the frustration of young people erupts through aggression. The film also depicts the love story of Pasha, a Lantouri gang member and Maryam, a journalist, which has seemingly tragic consequences.


17. Letters from War
letters-from-warCountry: Portugal
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Duration: 1:45
1971. Antonio Lobo Antunes life is brutally interrupted when he is drafted into the Portuguese army to serve as a doctor in one of the worst zones of the Colonial war – the east of angola. away from everything dear he writes letters to his wife while he is immersed in an increasingly violent setting. while he moves between several military posts he falls in love for africa and matures politically. at his side, an entire generation struggles and despairs for the return home. in the uncertainty of war events, only the letters can make him survive.


16. Multiple Maniacs
multiple-maniacsCountry: USA
Genre – Horror, Comedy, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7
Duration: 1:31
Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.


15. Old Stone
old-stoneCountry: China
Genre – Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Duration: 1:20
After he is responsible for a car accident, Mr. Old Stone, a taxi driver in small-town China has to face the absurdity wrought by contemporary, Kafkaesque Chinese bureaucracy. With his family, friends and his work endangered – he begins to wonder if murder is a way out?


14. Don’t Call me Son
dont-call-me-sonCountry: Brazil
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Duration: 1:25
The film shows a month in the life of Pierre, a teenager who lives in the suburbs of São Paulo with his mother and sister. One day, police agents arrive at their house to make an announcement that changes all of their lives. Circumstances force Pierre to move into a new house and assume a new identity. This new arrangement troubles everyone, especially Pierre, who is forced to reveal his inner self in order to defend his sanity.


13. Paradise
paradiseCountry: Russia, Germany
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Duration: 2:10
Olga, Jules and Helmut’s paths cross amidst the devastation of war. Olga, a Russian aristocratic immigrant and member of the French Resistance, is arrested and sent to jail by Nazi police for hiding Jewish children during a surprise raid. In jail she meets Jules, a French-Nazi collaborator who is assigned to investigate her case. Jules grows fond of Olga and offers to go light on her punishment in exchange for sexual favours. Although Olga agrees, and will do whatever it takes to avoid harsh persecution, her hope for freedom quickly fades when things take an unexpected turn. She later meets Helmut, a high ranking German SS officer who once was in love with her and as time passes, and the fate of Nazi defeat looms, Olga’s notion of Paradise is irrevocably changed.


12. Swiss Army Man
swiss-army-manCountry: USA
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Duration: 1:37
Hank is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.


11. Neruda
nerudaCountry: Chile
Genre – Biography, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Duration: 1:47
It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In the congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President Gonzalez Videla. Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife – the painter Delia del Carril – but they are forced into hiding. Inspired by the dramatic events of his new life as a fugitive, Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, “Canto General”. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom.

10. Lo and Behold
lo-n-beholdCountry: USA
Genre – Documentary
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Duration: 1:38
In Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World, legendary director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal how our existence online has transformed and altered the course of our ‘real’ life – from business to education, space travel to healthcare and how we conduct our personal relationships.


09. On Silver Globe
silver-globeCountry: Poland
Genre –Adventure, Sci-fi, Fantasy
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Duration: 2:46
A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own dream. They die one by one, while their children revert to a primitive native culture, creating new myths and a new god.


08. Endless Poetry
endless-poetryCountry: France
Genre – Biography, Drama, Fantasy
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Duration: 2:08
The film begins in Santiago, Chile during the thrilling years of the ‘40s and the ‘50s. Alejandrito Jodorowsky, aged twenty, decides to become a poet against the will of his family. He is introduced in the inner circle of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde of the time and meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz, Nicanor Parra and many other promising but anonymous young writers who will become the masters of Latin America’s modern literature. Totally immersed in this world of poetic experimentation, they live together as few have dared to live before: sensually, authentically, freely, madly.


07. Graduation
graduationCountry: Romania
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Duration: 2:08
Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.


06. Hema Hema
hema-hemaCountry: Bhutan, Hongkong
Genre – Drama, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Duration: 1:36
Somewhere deep in a forest, a group gathers every twelve years secretly to celebrate anonymity. Masked, the men and women participate in ancient rituals and dances. They have been chosen by the old leader Agay, but the reasons for this selection remain mysterious. Having given up their identities, the chosen are playful and lascivious in the lush mountain nature. However, not all is fun and games. There is harsh punishment for those who break the rules, those who succumb to the temptation of letting others know who they are or those who are overtly curious.

05. The Sargosa Manuscript
sargosa-manuscriptCountry: Poland
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
IMDB Rating: 8
Duration: 3:02
Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather’s story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.


04. I Daniel Blake
i-daniel-blakeCountry: UK
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Duration: 1:16
A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack, befriends a single mum and her two kids as they navigate their way through the kafkaesque impersonal benefits system. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair. Heartfelt and emotional until the end

03. Winter Sleep
winter-sleepCountry: UK
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Duration: 1:16

Aydin, a former actor, runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal with whom he has a stormy relationship and his sister Necla who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities…


02. Clash
clashCountry: Egypt
Genre – Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Duration: 1:37
Cairo, summer of 2013 – two years after the Egyptian revolution. In the wake of the ouster of Islamist president Morsi, a police truck full of detained demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds roams through the violence-ridden streets of the city. Can the detainees overcome their differences to stand a chance of survival?

01. The Salesman
salesmanCountry: Iran
Genre – Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.7
Duration: 2:05
When their old flat is damaged, Emad and Rana, a young couple living in Tehran, are forced to move into a new apartment. An incident linked to the previous tenant begins to dramatically influence the couple’s life.