Thursday, October 9, 2014

Film India Worldwide

at the

16th Mumbai Film Festival

October 14 to 21, 2014

Year after year, Film India Worldwide (FIW) at the Mumbai International Film Festival has showcased films that are international in character but linked to a recognizable Indian idiom.

This year, FIW presents four select films. Three films from the UK and one from Germany. Some among them have already been lauded at film festivals, others make an assured entry as premieres. Together they embrace the gamut of what India denotes to creative cinematic minds on the world scene. These films are by filmmakers either originating from India and now living elsewhere, whose heart and art echo back to their homeland. Or they are by international filmmakers who come to India’s locations to reflect its reality through a new lens.

Film India Worldwide 2014

Amar Akbar & Tony

Atul Malhotra

World Premiere

clip_image002The title  is an engaging take-off on the popular 1977 Bollywood lost-and-found comedy, Amar, Akbar, Anthony.  First-time UK-based director Atul Malhotra, takes that film’s good-humoured plea for Indians to integrate when it came to the caste, class and social divide,  transposing it to the Indian diaspora in his feature film debut through a story of three childhood friends looking for love in multicultural London.

*Director Atuk Malhotra and lead actor Rex Kempton will be attending and are available for interviews

Amma& Appa

Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian

Asian Premiere/Indian Permiere

clip_image004This film, warm-hearted and laced with good humour, is a no-holds-barred look at  marriage over two  generations,  one in Germany and another in South India. It is the story of  German Franziska and  Indian Jay who decide to marry after two years of living a long-distance relationship, and how their respective parents look on their marriages. The two different cultures connect in a remarkable and humanistic way.

*Duo husband and wife directors, Franziska Schönenberger and Jayakrishnan Subramanian,  are attending and will be available for interviews

Honeycomb Lodge
Lesley Manning

Asian Premiere

clip_image006Based on true events, the film is a captivating narrative of seven British women – with different cultural backgrounds – attempting to reclaim their lives from injustice and violence, and their individual quests become a shared pilgrimage, as they find each other in a rudimentary women’s refuge. Mumbai actress Bharti Patel

Director Lesley Manning,Executive Producer Surendra Kochar  and Mumbai based lead actor Shanaya Rafaat are attending and will be available for interviews

Rajesh Shera

World Premiere

clip_image008This is Shera’s second feature post his debut Ocean of an Old Man, (winner of Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Cinema Fund Post Production grant (the film screened in Busan's 2008 New Current Section).  The director died tragically when his second film was being completed. Echoes follows a young couple Leela and Shiva whose happy holiday on an  an abandoned island is short-lived as the ghost of a woman from Shiva’s past life ensnares him and places back in time.

* Family members of the Late Rajesh Shera will be in Mumbai for the screening


Film India Worldwide is curated by Uma da Cunha

  Screenings are at Cinemax, Versova.

For more info, enquiries as well as interviews

contact FIW programmer Uma da Cunha

at, 91 22 22826699, 22873513