MAMI, the 17th Mumbai Film Festival, closed last night after screening more than 200 films from 58 countries.
Thithi [pictured] by Raam Reddy took the Grand Jury Prize in the international competition.
The film is 26-year-old Reddy’s directorial debut, shot in the Kannada language, has already played in Locarno, where it won two prizes.
Thithi is about three generations of men en route to the funeral of their cranky 101-year-old patriarch. The cast is comprised of non-professional actors.
Other winners in the international competition are Silver Gateway award to Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalykov; Golden Gateway Award to Volcano by Jayro Bustamante; Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Directing to Cesar Augusto Acevedo for Land And Shade; Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting to Maria Telon of Volcano; Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Acting to Farzana Nawabi of Mina Walking; Special Jury Mention for Ensemble to Sleeping Giant; and Special Jury Mention for Achievement in Screenwriting to Chloe Zhao in Songs My Brothers Taught Me.
Selma director Ava Duvernay led the jury.
Jayaraj’s Ottal was named best children’s feature, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi won the audience choice award.
The festival, backed by Star India, had a record 7,000 delegates this year.
Nita Mukesh Ambani, Festival co-chair, said, “It is a matter of pride for Mumbai that Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival has become the destination where the best of Indian cinema met the best of global cinema. I thank the filmmakers for showcasing their art and my colleagues for their hard work. Most of all, I thank the Mumbaikars for making this festival a super hit. Thank you, Mumbai.”