South superstar Kamal Haasan will be honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival to be held here next month.
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) festival
will present this award to the filmmaker-actor for his immense
contribution to cinematic excellence.
"This year we have decided to present lifetime
achievement award to Kamal Haasan and famed French filmmaker
Costa Gavras for their extraordinary work in the field of
cinema," filmmaker and Chairman of MAMI, Shyam Benegal said
Also, homage will be paid to late filmmaker Yash
Chopra, Rituparno Ghosh and veteran actor Pran during the
festival, which will commence from October 17.
The week-long fest will showcase 200 films from over
65 countries. The other highlight of the festival will be
celebration of Spanish cinema, spotlight on Cambodian cinema,
6th rendezvous with French Cinema, Kabul Fresh - new voices in
Afghan cinema, besides experimental and classic films from
around the world.
"The festival has grown tremendously. The festival has
been proving its mettle and has grown from strength to
strength. But each year is a challenge to bring quality of
films. Having said that its going to be a treat for film
lovers," Mr Benegal said.
The festival, which is a Reliance Entertainment
initiative will be held at Liberty Cinemas in Marine Lines,
Metro Big Cinema Marine Lines as the main festival venues. The
prize money this year is USD 220,000.
Of the 200 films to be shown during the festival
across all categories, some of them are The Rocket, The
Face of Love, Barefoot to Goa, Mohan Kaka, Red Monsoon
and Good Morning Karachi.
This year's international jury will be presided by
director Bruce Beresford, assisted by French actress Nathalie
Baye, Japanese filmmaker Masato Harada, actress Konkana Sen
Sharma and director Deepa Mehta.
The jury president for India Gold is director Asghar
Farhadi. The celebrity age competition jury will be headed by
director Hansal Mehta.