Asghar Farhadi’s last film A Separation not only won the best director award at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2011, but went on to win the Best Foreign Language at the Academy Awards the next year. The acclaimed Iranian filmmaker will now head the jury at the Mumbai Film Festival for the India Gold 2013 segment next month.
Organised by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) and slated to take place from October 17 to 24 — with Metro Cinema and Liberty Cinemas as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri as the satellite venue — this will be the festival’s 15th edition. The eight-day long festival promises to have a heady mix of films and eminent film personalities.
Heading the International Competition jury will be director Bruce Beresford, best known for his Oscar winning 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy and the Oscar nominated Tender Mercies (1984). He will be joined by other luminaries, including French actor Nathalie Baye (who has worked with the likes of Godard and Truffaut) and Japanese actor and The Last Samurai director Masato Harada. As of now, Konkana Sen Sharma is the only confirmed Indian jury member.
Farhadi, on the other hand, will preside over a jury that will boast of filmmaker Siddiq Barmark (of Osama fame); British actor/director Waris Hussein (with productions such as Doctor Who and Passage to India to his credit); Jill Bilcock, Australian film editor and Academy Award nominee for Moulin Rouge,; and Roger Garcia, a senior film critic who is also the executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.