The Best Of MAMI's Half-Ticket Collection: Celebrating Young Film Enthusiasts
Posted on 7 October, 2016 by Team Wishberry
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The 18th edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will run from the 20th - 28th October, bringing some of the most intense and beautiful National and International films of 2016 to a screen in the city.
The festival opens with Konkana Sen Sharma’s directorial debut A Death in the Gunj, followed by Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, Dileep Mehta’s Mostly Sunny – a documentary on Sunny Leone, and the highly acclaimed and very talked about crowdfunded film, An Insignificant Man - a documentary on the Aam Aadmi Party.
But, what had my attention in the entire line-up was the whole set of films listed for that li’l film buff in you who never grew up - The Half Ticket Collection.
MAMI’s Half Ticket Collection will be screening some of the most epic kids’ movies picked from around the world, and we’ve compiled all the films whose trailer simply blew us away.
Fiction | Half Ticket Collection | Germany
Directed by Alain Gsponer, Heidi is a retelling of one of the most popular children’s books ever written. Heidi is an orphan, who at 5 years old was put in the care of her grumpy grandfather. After a few days of discomfort, the two develop a deep sense of love and comfort towards each other. But things take a turn after Heidi’s aunt decides to take her away to Frankfurt, to be a companion of a wealthy but sickly young girl named Clara.
Note: The trailer doesn't have English Subtitles, but is a gorgeous watch.
Mr. Frog (Meester Kikker)
Fiction | Half Ticket Collection | Netherlands
A normal class, ordinary children and a regular school teacher. Or not?! The lives of the children in Mr Frans’ class are turned upside down when they chance upon his secret: He sometimes turns into a frog! And when he does, he is exposed to the dangers of the animal world and predators who want to hunt him down. To add to his troubles, the new principal, Mr. Stork, hates frogs and wants to get rid of them all. Thankfully for Mr. Frans, his pupil Sita loves amphibians and along with her friend Wouter decides to keep Mr.Frans safe from all threats, especially from Mr. Stork.
Fanny’s Journey (Le Voyage De Fanny)
Fiction | Half Ticket Collection | France
Set in 1943, the film follows the story of Fanny who is living in hiding with her younger sisters at a children’s home in France. But when the Nazis arrive at the border, Fanny is forced to flee while taking the responsibility of a group of eight children. The group together learn to be brave and strong to survive this tough time and reach safely at the Swiss border.
Fiction | Half Ticket | Israel
Abulele is debutante director Jonathan Geva’s attempt to tell children to not succumb to the old beliefs of their parents, and stay open-minded towards all prejudices. The film narrates the story of 10-year-old Adam whose life changes after Abulele - an enormous, furry monster, makes himself visible in the basement of his building.
Rumour has it that the film will soon undergo a U.S. remake.
Famous In Ahmedabad (Amdavad Ma Famous)
Documentary | Half Ticket | India
Set to the backdrop of Uttarayan – the biggest kite-flying festival in India, Amdavad Ma Famous witnesses the transformation of 11-year-old Zaid from a boy next door to an aggressive and passionate kite-runner.
The Best Sound In The World (O Melhor Som Do Mundo)
Fiction | Half Ticket | Brazil
Like all kids Vinicus enjoys collecting, but not things like toys or books. Vinicus is a curious collector of sound. Directed by Pedro Paulo de Andrade, The Best Sound In The World is a 15-minute long short film about an ambitious kid on a mission to find the best sound ever heard.
Note: The trailer doesn't have English Subtitles, but still manages to communicate well.
Hang In There, Kids! (Lokah Laqi!)
Fiction | Half Ticket | Taiwan
Watan, Chen Hao and Lin Shan are three young kids who belong to an indigenous tribe from Taiwan. The trio are full of life and mischief despite their troubled family circumstances. But after the boys visit Taipei on a field trip, their lives take a surprising turn.
The film is Laha Mebow’s second feature after winning Taiwan’s National Award for Best Screenplay for her debut film – Finding Sayun. Also, ‘Hang In There, Kids!’ has been submitted by Taiwan to compete at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Fiction | Half Ticket | Canada
Abandoned as a child, Rosie, now a young poet, lives with her Chinese grandparents while she has been nurturing dreams of an artistic and glamorous life in France. But one day, she receives a mysterious invitation to a poetry festival in Iran, after which she learns various truths about her past and her present. Window Horses is a film about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.
My Life as a Zucchini (Ma Vie De Courgette)
Fiction | Half Ticket Collection | Switzerland
‘My Life as a Zucchini’ is director Claude Barras’ debut stop-motion animation feature film after directing several short films, which have garnered critical acclaim. The film is also Switzerland’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film to the Oscars.
Zucchini is a 9-year-old orphan who befriends Raymond, a police officer, on his way to a foster home after his mother’s sudden death. Zucchini, along with the other orphans who’ve endured numerous traumatic experiences together, begins to rebuild his life.
The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)
Fiction | Half Ticket | France
If there were one book that I could recommend to the whole world, it’d be Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved novella, ‘The Little Prince’. And, if there were one quote from the novel that I’d live by it’d be, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Bringing this delightful story to life director Mark Osborne retells the story of a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and encounters a mysterious young boy who claims to be an extra-terrestrial prince.
For more details visit www.mumbaifilmfestival.com