Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga will hold a master class at this year's Mumbai Film Festival, it was announced Thursday.
On his first visit to India, the 39-year-old filmmaker will be honored by festival organizers at a "mid-festival soiree" on Oct. 24. The event is in association with Chandon, where the wine brand will unveil a new signature bottle design inspired by the festival.
Fukunaga's master class will be "an invaluable experience for the fans he has in India," Mumbai Film Festival creative director Smriti Kiran said in a statement.
The festival also will feature celebrated French shoe designer Christian Louboutin in conversation with top Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone in a panel titled "Fashion in Films." Padukone has just wrapped filming her Hollywood debut, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, starring Vin Diesel, which is set to open next year.
The fest's film programming also includes a new section this year, The New Medium, which will feature some acclaimed titles celebrating the history of cinema. The sidebar will open with the restored version of 1929 Soviet-era film Man With a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov. The film will be accompanied by a live score performed by Ukraine's Vitaly Tkachuk Quartet.
The lineup also includes 1948 Indian dance drama Kalpana by Uday Shankar, which was restored by the Martin Scorsese-backed World Cinema Foundation. The restored version first premiered at the 2012 Cannes festival.
As reported earlier, the Mumbai Film Festival will open with Indian title Death in the Gunj. The event runs Oct. 20-27.