Saturday, April 5, 2014

Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly to open New York Indian Film Festival

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival will open with Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly. The festival will run from May 5 –10, 2014 in New York City.

Ugly, a psychological thriller, which had its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year, deals with a situation where no one can trust anyone amidst the scenes of brutality and psychological games after ten year old Kali goes missing from the car she was left in by her father. The Indian release of the film has been put on hold by the filmmaker who has been fighting against the anti-smoking tickers on screen.

Aparna Sen’s latest Bengali feature Goynar Baksho will close the festival. Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, the horror-comedy revolves around women of three generations and their changing position in the society. The film, which released in India in April last year, is also scheduled to close the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice will be screened as the centerpiece film of the festival. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa, the film follows a young woman in Himachal Pradesh who embarks on a journey with her daughter to find her missing husband. Along this journey, they find a free-spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his own selfish motive.

NYIFF will also spotlight British filmmaker of Indian descent Gurinder Chadha and hold a Retrospective of her documentaries.

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