The 9th annual edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival recently announced its lineup and it looks great once again. The festival takes place between June 21st and 29th this year, and features some of the most exciting and promising new features from India, Bangladesh, the US, and more among its selections. Check out the press release in the gallery below, followed by some Screen Anarchy picks from among those we've already seen along with some that we are really looking forward to checking out. The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2018 The Female Eye & Extraordinary Lives The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival is a cinematic treasure trove of carefully curated premieres of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi independent films, offering rare glimpses into some of the billion plus lives in the sub-continent. Now in its ninth year it expands out in three cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester. The programme of dramas, … [Read more...] about London Indian Film Festival Announces Awesome 2018 Line-Up!
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Kunal Kapoor-starrer ‘Nobleman’, which addresses the problem of bullying because of one’s sexuality, will have its Asian premiere at Kashish, the annual LGBTQ film festival. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’, director Vandana Kataria’s debut film is set in a posh boarding school and will see Kunal playing a drama teacher. Explaining the theme of the film, Vandana says, “The film touches upon bullying – a social evil that exists not only in our schools and colleges, but also in our homes, workplaces, and in society, at large. Today, we see it take all kinds of forms – as trolls on social media, as religious factions that force their agendas upon the public, and of late, as politics of extremism. ‘Noblemen’ is one such story that shows the tussle between the bullied and their bullies. Set in an all-boys boarding school, it mirrors society's current totalitarian drift. We couldn't have asked … [Read more...] about Kunal Kapoor-starrer ‘Noblemen’ to premiere at Mumbai’s LGBTQ film festival
Festival to open with IN THE SHADOWS, starring Manoj Bajpayee, and conclude with festival favorite VILLAGE ROCKSTARS. Will include a memorial tribute screening of CHANDNI, starring the late, beloved Bollywood actress Sridevi. The lineup represents an impressive 12 languages and a strong list of first and second-time filmmakers, including 11 female filmmakers. LOS ANGELES, CA (March 8, 2018) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) announced today its galas and 2018 lineup of narrative and documentary features as well as short films for its 16th annual festival. Gala tickets and passes as well as regular screening tickets are now available at www.indianfilmfestival.org. The festival is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally. IFFLA will take place April 11-15, 2018 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles. This is IFFLA’s second year in this state-of-the-art, world-class cinema in the … [Read more...] about The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Their Stellar 2018 Lineup, Including Sridevi Tribute
The 23rd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris in Lithuania will open with French director Xavier Legrand’s Custody. The family drama picked up prizes across Europe last year including the Silver Lion for best director at Venice Film Festival and the audience award at San Sebastian.Running from March 15-29, the festival will show features across five sections: Festival favourites; Discoveries; Critics’ choice; Masters; and retrospectives of 1930s French director Jean Vigo and Lithuanian classics about childhood. It is Lithuania’s largest cinema event; last year’s festival had over 100,000 attendees.Also screening at Kino Pavasaris are Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent; Robin Campillo’s Cannes-winning BPM (Beats Per Minute); Iram Haq’s What Will People Say which won audience awards at AFI and Goteborg Film Festival; and Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer And The Jailbird starring … [Read more...] about Vilnius Film Festival to open with Xavier Legrand’s ‘Custody’
Beyond the Clouds (Ansooy-e Abrha), a shrill drama of Indian slum life, marks a surprising change-of-pace for Iranian director Majid Majidi, famous for his sensitive stories about kids (notably, Iran’s 1998 Oscar nominee The Children of Heaven) and his reverent, epic biopic of the Prophet, Muhammad. Here he follows a brother and sister in their twenties who fall afoul of the law in dangerous, colorful, free-wheeling Mumbai, where anything goes and spunky street boys like the protag Amir live by their wits alone.This tale of poverty is perhaps closest to the director’s delicate Baran, in which an illegal Afghan immigrant girl disguises herself as a boy to work in place of her dead father. Beyond the Clouds is more openly dramatic, with its poor siblings caught between the implacable law which throws suspects into prison without trial, and ferocious vice lords who control drugs and prostitution with impunity. In this toxic environment, children are collateral … [Read more...] about ‘Beyond the Clouds’ (‘Ansooy-e Abrha’): Film Review