Mumbai in Motion – Beautiful Short Films from the City of Gold | Hg2 PICKS

The 14th annual Mumbai Film Festival got underway last night, opening with the screening of David O.Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. What follows is a whole week of screenings, including Walter Salles’ highly anticipated On The Road, Michael Haneke’s new film, Amour (a big winner at Cannes) and Ken Loach’s The Angels Share. 

We at Hg2, however, were curious about the less well known directors taking part in the festival…

We couldn’t get our hands on any advance previews, but we did do some detective work and found some videos that have been directed by some of this year’s competitors. We’ve picked the ones that show some of the more unusual sides to the City of Gold, and some of the most touching…

The Painted Signal

Shriya Pilgaonkar, entered in the “Dimensions Mumbai” category, directs this simple yet extraordinary short film about a man at a crossroads.

John and Jane

This is the trailer for a film directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, competing this year in the “India Gold” category. Like all trailers, you get to see the best parts of the film and this is no exception. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like working in a call center in India, this is the film for you.

Sapney

Another of Shriya Pilgaonkar films (co-directed and produced this time), this award winning music video shows off not only the city of Mumbai and its people, but their secret loves, hopes and fears.

We also found one of last years award winners, which we think is our favourite…

Paranoia

Based on the Mumbai train blast disaster, Sandeepan Chanda directs this animated short film which won the Student Animation category at last year’s festival. A must-see. Trust us.

So what do you think? Should we be watching out for these young directors in the future? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below! 

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