Official Selection, 2015 Venice Film Days!
Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City
12th edition of VENICE DAYS
September 2 to 12, 2015
Held in conjunction with the 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Ruchika Oberoi's debut work "Island City" is one among the 11 official feature films to be screened at 2015 Venice Days festival. This will be the film's world premiere. "Island City"
is produced by the National Film Development Corporation India and stars Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash and Tannishtha Chatterjee.
‘Island City’ is a collection of three tenuously connected stories dealing with themes of industrialization, urbanization and alienation in Mumbai. The first is a black-comic tale of an office drone who wins the office ‘Fun Committee’ award which forces him to go on an absurd fun spree. The second is the story of how the domineering head of a family suddenly goes into a coma and how the family slowly begins to replace their oppressive son/husband/father with an extremely seductive TV soap opera character. The third talks about the impossibility of love in a mechanical world. The film seeks to grapple with issues of what it means to be human in a world that is built at an industrial scale.
VENICE DAYS Festival
Directed by Giorgio Gosetti, under the presidency of Roberto Barzanti, Venice Days brings the faces of independent film around the world to the Lido each year, while cultivating an ongoing dialogue and a focus on the frontiers of filmmaking today, in a spirit which certainly goes well beyond that of a mere "showcase" of glittering premieres.
This year there are 20 films, 15 countries, 8 first films, 18 world premieres, 8 women filmmakers; a world-class director such as Carlos Saura; the Nobel-Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and the founder of the Odin Teatret, Eugenio Barba, both of whom will take the stage for two of our special events. Then there's the Palme d'or winner Laurent Cantet, chairing the jury; the muse of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda, central to the Women's Tales series produced by Miu Miu; along with film stars Luis Tosar, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill, Paul Ducet, Suzanne Clément, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alba Rohrwacher, Celia Rowlson Hall.
Eleven films will be in the running for the Venice Days Award, with its cash prize of ?20,000 to be split equally between the filmmaker and the international distributor of the winning film. The winner will be selected during an open session of the jury chaired by Laurent Cantet. These films will also be eligible for the BNL People´s Choice Award promoted by BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas, while all the first films premiering at Venice Days are eligible for the Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film at the Venice Film Festival.
In addition, the European films in our official selection will be vying for the Label Europa Cinemas prize assigned by a jury comprised of member exhibitors. Lastly, the jury of FEDEORA film critics will assign its own prizes for best film and best debut filmmaker.
Venice Days -promoted by ANAC and 100autori, in agreement with the 72. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia.Main Sponsors: Direzione Cinema del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, BNL Gruppo BNP ParibasCreative Partner: Miu Miu.Partners: SIAE, SubTi, Lux Prize of the European Parliament.Technical Partners: Frame by Frame, I-Club, L'Eco della Stampa, Europa Cinemas, Cinecittà News, Cineuropa