Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival to honour Monica Bellucci

Hollywood star Monica Bellucci will be attending the upcoming JIO MAMi 19th Mumbai Film Festival. The 52-year-old diva will be honoured at the festival scheduled to happen from October 12 to 18.

Director and Chairperson of MAMI, Anupama Chopra shared the news on Twitter.

“Thrilled to have the amazing #MonicaBellucci @MumbaiFilmFest #JioMAMIWithStar2017” she wrote.

Chopra also posted a statement by Bellucci in which the Italian actor said she is excited about her maiden visit to India.

“I am very touched and honoured to receive and award by the Mumbai Film Festival as well as presenting some of my films there. It is very exciting to come to India for the first time. Thank you MAMI for the invitation,” the statement read.

The festival will showcase 220 films from 49 countries and in 51 languages.Anurag Kashyap’s sports drama “Mukkebaaz” will open the film festival.

Celebrated director John Madden, whose Shakespeare In Love had won an Oscar, will serve as head of the international jury at the festival. Joining Madden on the Mumbai jury are Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silver Light), Chinese-American actress Celina Jade (Wolf Warriors 2), Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre (The Summit).

Actor-turned-filmmaker Konkona Sen Sharma will be the only Indian on the international jury of the festival.

The closing film will be announced at a later date.

The international competition section, which features films from first-time directors, includes U.S documentary Quest by Jonathan Olshefski, Apostasy by Daniel Kokotajli (UK), Bad Lucky Goat by Samir Oliveros (Colombia), I Am Not a Witch by Rungano Nyoni (UK-France), Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune Femme) by Leonor Seraille (France), More (Daha) by Onur Saylak (Turkey), Most Beautiful Island by Ana Asensio (US-Spain), Oh! Lucy by Atsuko Hirayanagi (US-Japan), Oblivion Verses by Alireza Khatami (France/Germany/Netherlands/Chile), Scary Mother by Ana Urushadze (Georgia/Estonia), Summer 1993 by Carla Simon (Spain) and The Wound by John Trengove (South Africa).

The 19th Mumbai Film Festival runs October 12-18.

(With Agencies Inputs)