Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Prashant Nair’s ‘Umrika’ goes to Sundance film fest

Director: Prashant Nair
Independent filmmaker Prashant Nair’s ‘Umrika’ has been officially selected in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place Jan 22-Feb 1, 2015.
‘Umrika’, which features ‘Life of Pi’ fame Suraj Sharma, is about a young village boy who discovers that his brother, long believed to be in the US, has actually gone missing. He begins to invent letters on his behalf to save their mother from heartbreak, all the while searching for him.
‘Umrika’ is jointly produced by Manish Mundra (‘Ankhon Dekhi’) and Swati Shetty. This is Nair’s second feature film after the critically acclaimed ‘Delhi in a Day’.
Sundance's World Cinema dramatic competition features the following films: Australian director Kim Farrant’s “Strangerland,” a marital drama starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving; Scottish helmer John Maclean’s “Slow West,” a Kiwi-produced Western with Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn; and Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett’s “Glassland,” a Dublin-set crime movie with Jack Reynor and Toni Collette. Elsewhere, the wide-ranging international lineup will also feature titles from Italy (Lamberto Sanfelice’s “Chlorine”), Turkey (Tolga Karacelik’s “Ivy”), Israel (Tali Shalom Ezer’s “Princess”) , Brazil (Anna Muylaert’s “The Second Mother”) and from India, Prashant Nair’s “Umrika”.