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National Geographic’s ‘Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story’ to Open 18th Mumbai International Film Festival

Mumbai: The 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) is set to commence with the heartwarming National Geographic documentary, Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story. Directed by Charlie Hamilton James, this captivating film will kick off the festival, which runs from June 15 to June 21, 2024, in Mumbai.

Opening Screenings Across Multiple Cities

The opening screening of Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story will take place on June 15 at 2:30 PM at the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC), Pedder Road in Mumbai. In a simultaneous release, the film will also be screened in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Pune at the same time. The venues for these cities are:

  • New Delhi: Siri Fort Auditorium
  • Chennai: NFDC Tagore Film Centre
  • Kolkata: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI)
  • Pune: National Film Archive of India

Red Carpet Screenings

In addition to the simultaneous opening screenings, the documentary will be showcased during red carpet events in each of these cities:

  • Delhi: June 17
  • Chennai: June 18
  • Kolkata: June 19
  • Pune: June 20

About the Documentary

Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story (English, 78 minutes) follows the extraordinary journey of Billy, a man who forms an unlikely friendship with an orphaned otter named Molly in the remote Shetland Islands of Scotland. The film delves into the enchanting world of the Shetland shores, showcasing the deep bond that develops between Billy and Molly after she washes up against the secluded jetty where Billy and his partner Susan live.

Viewers are taken on an emotional journey as Billy nurtures Molly back to health, preparing her for life in the wild. This poignant documentary explores the complexities of love and the profound connection between man and nature, highlighting the transformative power of companionship.

A Festival Highlight

The selection of Billy and Molly: An Otter Love Story as the opening film reflects MIFF’s commitment to showcasing compelling and inspiring stories. The festival will feature a diverse array of films, offering attendees a rich cinematic experience.

As MIFF celebrates its 18th edition, the inclusion of this documentary sets the tone for a week filled with impactful storytelling and cinematic excellence. Film enthusiasts and attendees can look forward to a variety of screenings, workshops, and discussions throughout the festival.

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