Susanne Bier film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The 16th Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21) is to open with Susanne Bier’s period drama Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

The highly anticipated film is based on Ron Rash’s North Carolina-set novel about logging magnate George Pemberton (Cooper) and his ruthless, brilliant wife Serena (Lawrence). The story is about how the ‘perfect’ couple’s plans come unstuck when they discover she can’t bear children and that George previously fathered a child out of wedlock.

The film will receive its world premiere as the closing film of the Saint Petersburg International Media Forum on Oct 10 before going on to play at BFI London Film Festival.

The 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Destival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), includes a line-up of around 185 films from more than 65 countries.


Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.