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Costa-Gavras to receive award at Mumbai Film Festival

September 19, 2013


Sept. 19--Renowned French filmmaker Costa-Gavras, maker of hard-hitting political films including Z and Missing, will be conferred with the Lifetime achievement award at the Mumbai Film festival in October.

"We are honoured to confer the Lifetime Achievement Award to Costa-Gavras," said Shyam Benegal, chairman, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI). "His films have been loved and celebrated by millions of cinema lovers worldwide. We are humbled that he has agreed to receive this award."

Hailed as one of the world's living legends in cinema, the Greek-born Gavras has also been conferred with the title of French Knighthood. The winner of numerous international film awards, he has been on the jury of various film festivals. Since 2007, he has also been serving as the president of Cinematheque Francaise, one of the world's largest film archives.

Festival director Srinivasan Narayanan said the legendary filmmaker will be in Mumbai for an entire week to receive the award. "When I think of Costa-Gavras, I am overwhelmed by the elegant, humanist films he has bequeathed to humanity, his gentle nudge to stand up and take a position as he did with his announcement for 'Z' -- 'Any similarity to persons or events is deliberate'," said Narayanan.

Indian actor-director Kamal Haasan will also be bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MAMI festival. Haasan recently completed 50 years as actor, director, writer, producer, singer, choreographer and lyricist. He has nearly 200 films to his credit, across genres, industries and languages including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Kamal Haasan is best known for his performances in critically-acclaimed and award-winning films such as (1982), (1987), (1987), (1989) and (2000).

"He is a legend in every sense of the term," remarked Benegal about Haasan. "He is a writer, singer, director, lyricist and an actor par-excellence. We are extremely honoured to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kamal Haasan."

The 15th Mumbai Film Festival will be held here between October 17 and 24.

Over the years, it has grown to become one of the most celebrated cultural events in India. This edition of the festival will screen over 200 films from 65 countries. The festival will be held at Metro and Liberty cinemas as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri as the satellite venue. -


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