22 June, 2021

The Arc’s A Rainbow

The Mumbai International Film Festival finds its feet in wide variety

The Arc’s A Rainbow

It’s rare to see a ‘House Full’ board or a queue outside a ticket window for any film these days, save the odd Dabangg or Endhiran. So the near-stampede at the recently concluded 12th Mumbai Film Festival (MIFF) for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Spanish-Mexican film Biutiful, an affecting look at the embattled, fragile lives on the margins, did come as a beautiful surprise. The jostle and spontaneous slogan-shouting was to do with the organisers’ lack of foresight in scheduling the much-awaited film in a small multiplex. But the fact that the two subsequent (and hastily put together) late-night shows also drew in the crowds and left many begging for entry was proof enough of the buzz and excitement around the Javier Bardem starrer, and the event itself.

Biutiful was not an exception. David Fincher’s Social Network, a sharp, irreverent and entertaining take on the Facebook phenomenon, saw a similar mad dash, as did Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified...

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