Friday, April 24th, 2009, 7:15 PM
HEAVEN ON EARTH
Canada/2008/108min/35mm LA Premiere
Director: Deepa Mehta
Producer: David Hamilton
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens
Production Designer: Dilip Mehta
Editor: Colin Monie
Music Composer: Mychael Danna
Sound Editor: Post Production/Mark Gingras, Geoff Raffan, Jimmy Robb
Cast: Preity Zinta, Vansh Bhardwaj, Balinder Johal, Rajinder Singh, Ramanjit Kaur
Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s latest film tells the story of Chand, a young woman who leaves behind her family in India when she’s married off to a Punjabi immigrant living outside of Toronto. Upon arrival as Chand finds herself living in a cramped house with three generations of in-laws and two additional tenants. She soon becomes the target of her abusive husband and his family’s misguided frustrations. But this is far from a simple story about spousal abuse. Mehta’s film takes a bold stylistic detour as Chand retreats into fantasy to deal with her oppressive situation.
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta gives a captivating performance as Chand, one that is more reminiscent of a Tennessee Williams character than the heroines she has played in her many Hindi blockbusters. With her illuminating performance, Zinta gives the world a glimpse of what to hope for from her in the future.
Punjabi/English (English subtitles)
Presented by Sikh Art and Film Festival, Hollywood, CA
Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc.
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 303
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R4