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    Arrow 'The Informant' to open Mumbai film fest

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    The MAMI committee led by Chairman Mr. Shyam Benegal and trustees Mr. Yash Chopra, Ms. Jaya Bachchan, Mr. Amit Khanna, Ms. Shabana Azmi and Mr. Amol Palekar today unveiled the line-up for the 11th annual Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which consists of 200 films from 56 countries.

    All of the international films to be screened in the main sections of this year's festival will be Indian, Asian or world premieres.

    Information and Broadcasting Minister of India Mrs. Ambika Soni will be the chief guest at the opening ceremony, to be held at the Fun Cinema, Andheri on October 29. Shashi Kapoor will be honoured with the Indian Lifetime achievement award along with legendary Indian director-producer Yash Chopra who will be felicitated by FIAPF, the international federation of film producers association.

    Academy-Award Winning Director Steven Soderbergh's feature film 'The Informant,' will open the 2009 festival on Thursday, October 29. 'The Informant' is a dark political comedy based on true events and the 2000 non-fiction book of the same name by journalist Kurt Eichenwald. The film stars Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey and tells the story of Mark Whitacre (Damon), a rising star at a Decatur, Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the early 1990's whose wife forces him to blow the whistle on the company's price-fixing tactics.

    Greek Master Theo Angelopoulos's review of the past century, 'The Dust of Time' will close the festival on November 5. 'The Dust of Time' is the second part of Angelopoulos' Trilogy that takes place in the former Soviet Union, the Austrian-Hungarian borders, Italy and New York between 1953 and 1974. The film covers the eve of Stalin's death, Nixon's resignation in the United States and the fall of the Greek junta.

    The festival is divided in five sections, featuring the best & latest world cinema offering in the last 10 months. These include 13 Feature Films of first time Directors from across the world that will compete for the cash awards of US$ 150,000. Indian Frame will showcase the best 15 Indian films made during last one year. Reel Real will be dedicated to feature length documentary films. Above the cut will present 14 first feature films of extra ordinary cinematic merit. World Cinema section will showcase the most anticipated films from festivals all over the world.

    Shyam Benegal, chairman, MAMI said, "We're very pleased to bring home the best of world cinema at Mumbai Film Festival in any given year. This year too, at the 11th MFF we are delighted to announce and welcome the best films from around the world. This year, we are also trying to increase youth participation in the festival by organizing various activities to involve them."


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