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Tuesday, April 09, 2013, 7:00 PM
142
OPENING NIGHT GALA

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, Part I

India/2012/160min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Anurag Kashyap

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Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Screenwriter: Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K. Ladia
Cinematographer: Rajeev Ravi
Editor: Shweta Venkat Matthew
Music Composer: Sneha Khanwalkar (Music), G. V. Prakash Kumar (Background score)
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Vineet Singh, Zeishan Quadri, Raj Kumar Yadav, Pankaj Tripathi, Vipin Sharma, Jameel Khan, Satya Anand, Pramod Pathak, Yashpal Sharma, Huma Qu

Epic in scope, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR chronicles the deep vengeance between two warring families, spanning three generations. Set in Wasseypur, India during the tumultuous times of the nation’s independence and industrialization, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is a powerful and gritty portrayal of family, honor, and revenge. Shahid Khan, a disguised bandit, loots trains until one day his cover is blown and he’s banished to a life of hard labor in the coal mines. Shahid’s son, Sardar Khan, vows to restore his father’s honor against Ramadir Sing, the man responsible for his father’s fate. With this vow, Sardar becomes the most feared man in Wasseypur. The dueling families live in a state of unquestionable hatred, but it is not until Fazal Khan, the youngest grandson, that this oddly harmonious feudal war is stirred up in a different way. Director Anurag Kashyap’s unique voice and directing vision guide the story with a fine balance of wicked humor and unabashed violence.

Kashyap first came to IFFLA in 2005 with his film BLACK FRIDAY. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR made its world premiere in the 2012 Cannes' Directors Fortnight, to rave reviews. Kashyap’s work is quickly becoming recognized worldwide and is one of the most important voices of Indian cinema today. With his distinctively urban and urbane visual cinema, he has developed this sub-genre to perfection. Redefining the idioms of Bollywood, both in terms of visual style and bold content, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR points to an exciting new direction for Indian cinema. Its Peckinpah-style violence, uncompromising handling of real issues, and depiction of the cynical politics of the times, makes for gripping viewing. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I and II are not to be missed.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7:00 PM
161

SHORTS PROGRAM I


ArcLight Hollywood

 

 

 

AND AFTER THAT (TATPASCHAT)

India/2012/15min/Digibeta
WORLD PREMIERE

Director:
Vasudev Keluskar
Producer: Film and Television Institute of India

One odd day, every single boy at a reform school becomes obedient upsetting the order of everything.

Hindi (English Subtitles)

 

 

 

DOSA HUNT
Documentary Short

USA/2012/22min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

A Film by Amrit Singh

Musician friends search for a cultural connection to the motherland as they ride around Queens, NY
hungry for more!

English

 

 

 

HERE AND AWAY

USA/India/2012/11min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director: Meena Nanji
Producer: Meena Nanji

A village standing at the crossroads between tradition and modernity is seen through the curious perspective of a young boy.

Hindi (English subtitles)

 

 

 

HOMECOMING

USA/2011/26min/DCP
LA PREMIERE

Director:
Gursimran Sandhu
Producers: Gursimran Sandhu, Michael Candelori

When Nina Patel's strict Indian parents refuse to let her attend the eighth-grade homecoming dance, she resorts to emotional blackmail.

English
 

 

 

 

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

USA/2012/3min/DCP

Directors: Fawzia Mirza, Ryan Logan
Producer: Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia falls under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection - in a queer light.

English

 

 

 

RAGS TO PADS
Documentary Short

India/US/2012/3min/Blu-ray
WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Chithra Jeyaram
Producer: Chithra Jeyaram

Fed up with his wife’s lack of sanitary menstrual hygiene, a poor villager takes matters into his own hands, and unexpectedly starts a small revolution resulting in million jobs for rural women.

Tamil (English subtitles)

 

 

 

RECURRENCE

USA/2013/7min/Blu-ray
WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: Sonia Albert Sobrino, Miriam Albert Sobrino
Producers: Sonia Albert Sobrino, Miriam Albert Sobrino

A lush, visual exploration of the transcendental space between memory and dream.

English

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7:15 PM
168

PAD YATRA: A GREEN ODYSSEY

USA/India/68min/2012
LA PREMIERE
Documentary
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Wendy J.N. Lee

Producer: Wendy J.N. Lee, Michelle Yeoh
Cinematographer: Ngawang Sodpa
Music Composer: Pilar Diaz, Derek Zhao
Cast: Darryl Hannah, Narrator

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey takes us on an incredible journey with 700 souls who set out to trek across the Himalayas with a single passion, to spread their message of ecological compassion and global warming. The drastic weather changes in recent seasons has vastly impacted the "3rd pole", tragically destabilized the local ecosystem. As simple as the act of taking one step, the trekkers cover 450 miles following the passionate and eloquent guidance of H.H. the Gyalwang Drupka, one the main Buddhist spiritual leaders of the region and honoree of the United Nations. Despite struggling along the most treacherous terrain on the planet, illness, starvation, and injuries , 50,000 trees are planted, and education regarding plastic, water and biodegradable materials is spread to every village and community they touch on their path.

Shot with solar power by Ladakhi monk Ngawang Sodpa, the documentary features notable supporters including actor Aamir Khan. Michelle Yeoh serves as Executive Producer, and the film is beautifully narrated by Daryl Hannah. Director Wendy Lee's debut feature is a heroic effort that is no less than a call for action and has left audiences world wide deeply moved and transformed.


English, Tibetan (English Subtitles)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 8:45 PM
143

GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, Part II

India/2012/160min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Anurag Kashyap

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Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Screenwriter: Anurag Kashyap, Zeishan Quadri, Akhilesh Jaiswal, Sachin K. Ladia
Cinematographer: Rajeev Ravi
Editor: Shweta Venkat Matthew
Music Composer: Sneha Khanwalkar (Music), G. V. Prakash Kumar (Background score)
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, Richa Chadda, Reemma Sen, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Vineet Singh, Zeishan Quadri, Raj Kumar Yadav, Pankaj Tripathi, Vipin Sharma, Jameel Khan, Satya Anand, Pramod Pathak, Yashpal Sharma, Huma Qu

Epic in scope, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR chronicles the deep vengeance between two warring families, spanning three generations. Set in Wasseypur, India during the tumultuous times of the nation’s independence and industrialization, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR is a powerful and gritty portrayal of family, honor, and revenge. Shahid Khan, a disguised bandit, loots trains until one day his cover is blown and he’s banished to a life of hard labor in the coal mines. Shahid’s son, Sardar Khan, vows to restore his father’s honor against Ramadir Sing, the man responsible for his father’s fate. With this vow, Sardar becomes the most feared man in Wasseypur. The dueling families live in a state of unquestionable hatred, but it is not until Fazal Khan, the youngest grandson, that this oddly harmonious feudal war is stirred up in a different way. Director Anurag Kashyap’s unique voice and directing vision guide the story with a fine balance of wicked humor and unabashed violence.

Kashyap first came to IFFLA in 2005 with his film BLACK FRIDAY. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR made its world premiere in the 2012 Cannes' Directors Fortnight, to rave reviews. Kashyap’s work is quickly becoming recognized worldwide and is one of the most important voices of Indian cinema today. With his distinctively urban and urbane visual cinema, he has developed this sub-genre to perfection. Redefining the idioms of Bollywood, both in terms of visual style and bold content, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR points to an exciting new direction for Indian cinema. Its Peckinpah-style violence, uncompromising handling of real issues, and depiction of the cynical politics of the times, makes for gripping viewing. GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I and II are not to be missed.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:15 PM
145

MOHAMMED TO MAYA
Documentary Feature

USA/2012/74min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Jeff Roy

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Producer: Jeff Roy
Editor: Jeff Roy
Music Composer: Allyn Rosenburg, Jeff Roy
Cast: Maya Jafer

Meet Maya: a 42 year-old from Chennai, India, who goes through a life-changing sexual reassignment surgery. Her honest and lively emotions are paired with powerful self-reflection throughout the difficult process. Maya is an incredibly accomplished individual, with two doctorates in holistic medicine and a successful professional career. Throughout her transition, she battles to redefine her spiritual and cultural devotion, facing incredible resistance along the way. Filmmaker Jeff Roy’s unobstructive mastery of the documentary form allows for deeper examination of gender, religion, and tradition as Maya, a devout Muslim, completes her transition. In exploring the landscape of a conflicted mind, MOHAMMED TO MAYA questions modern rites of passage, and the difficulties of letting go and starting new again.

English

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:45 PM
146

EEGA

India/2012/134min/DCP
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: S.S. Rajamouli

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Producer: Korrapati Sai
Screenwriter: S.S. Rajamouli
Cinematographer: K. K. Senthil Kumar
Editor: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music Composer: M.M. Keeravani
Cast: Sudeep, Nani, Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Part star-crossed romance, part action-packed thriller, EEGA tells the story of Nani, a handsome young man who has been in love with his neighbor, the beautiful and coy Samantha, for two years. When Samantha returns Nani’s love and ignores Sudeep, the notorious womanizer, Sudeep takes revenge by murdering Nani. But Sudeep underestimates the power of true love when Nani becomes reincarnated as a housefly, and resolves against all odds to kill Sudeep and win back Samantha’s heart. Nani is as lovable and charming as a miniscule pest as he was as a man, taking on unforeseen adventures in his new identity, including the dangers of drowning, flicking, and even the dreaded insecticide. It’s a tale of love, rebirth, and revenge, with dazzling special effects and wildly entertaining action sequences. Using humor and a delightful cast, EEGA flies into our hearts and proves that with true love, even the most unlikely of heroes can conquer any adversity, no matter how large - or in this case, how small.

Telugu (English Subtitles)

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 7:00 PM
147

FILMISTAAN

India/2012/117min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Nitin Kakkar

Producer: Subhash Chaudhary, Shaila Tanna
Screenwriter: Nitin Kakkar
Cinematographer: Subhranshu Das
Editor: Shachindra Vats
Music Composer: Arijit Datta
Cast: Sharib Hashmi, Inaamulhaq, Kumud Mishra, Gopal Datt

Aspiring actor and lovable protagonist Sunny heeds the advice of a friend and takes a job as an assistant director, channeling the success stories of AD-turned-actors such as Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Aktar, and Amir Khan. While filming on location in the rural areas between India and Pakistan, Sunny is mistakenly taken hostage by a terrorist group, and held captive in a humble Pakistani village. As the days pass by, Sunny befriends the villagers, finding common ground in their shared love of Hindi films. Over time, his movie-magic and charisma prove to be infectious – even to his captors. Will the deep-rooted tensions that lie between Pakistan and India keep Sunny from seeing his home again? Or will the captors express compassion and mercy to someone who has charmed himself into their hearts?

FILMISTAAN is Nitin Kakkar’s feature-length directorial debut, and has won hearts across the globe at numerous international film festivals.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:15 PM
150
YASH CHOPRA TRIBUTE

SILSILA

India/1981/183min/Blu-ray
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Yash Chopra

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Producer: Yash Chopra
Screenwriter: Preeti Bedi, Yash Chopra, Sagar Sarhadi, Romesh Sharma
Cinematographer: Kay Gee
Editor: Keshav Naidu
Music Composer: Shiv Kumar Sharma, Kariprasad Chaurasia
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, Shashi Kapoor

Amit and Chandni are madly in love. When tragedy forces Amit to marry his brother’s widow, Shobha, Chandni in turn is wed to Dr. V.K. Anand (Sanjeev Kumar). SILSILA is a sizzling love story between the primary cast of characters Amit (Amitabh Bachchan), Chandni (Rekha), and Shobha (Jaya Bachchan). The film was a huge commercial hit for its drama, bold exploration of the extramarital affair, and its haunting music. Audiences identify with the characters’ realizations that love is patience and love is faith. A melodrama in the best sense of the word, SILSILA is stunningly shot in spectacular locations. It is remembered both for its pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha and its evocative poetry. A must-see for lovers of mainstream Bollywood cinema.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Bollywood by Night series

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:30 PM
163

SHORTS PROGRAM II


ArcLight Hollywood

 

 

 

AFTERGLOW

India/2012/19min/35mm
US PREMIERE

Director:
Kaushal Oza
Producer: Film and Television Institute of India

Fed up with entertaining a slew of annoying guests, Minocher defies her traditional Parsi community and mourns the loss of her husband in her own way.

English, Gujurati (English subtitles)

 

 

 

HUMBLE THE POET
Documentary Short

USA/2011/12min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

Directors:
Brendan Nahmias, Ruth Paul
Producers: Brendan Nahmias, Ruth Paul

A bold and personal look at Sikh hip-hop artist, Humble the Poet: a second generation South Asian poet and musician defining his own cultural identity.

English

 

 

 

I TOO HAVE A NAME (ENAKKUM ORU PER)

Sri Lanka/2011/12min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director: Suba Sivakumaran
Producer: Suba Sivakumaran

A nun residing in a monastery hides her daughter from an approaching militia group as civil war ravages modern day Sri Lanka.

Tamil (English subtitles)

 

 

 

IKA

India/2012/15min/HDCAM
US PREMIERE

Director:
Raam Reddy
Producer: Raam Reddy

Who needs a camera to make a film when you have a cardboard box, a magnifying glass, an old VHS tape, and a chicken?

Telugu (English subtitles)

 

 

 

...OR DIE

USA/2012/14min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Directors: Gregory Bonsignore, John Petaja
Producers: Parvesh Cheena, Reena Dutt

This is what happens in Hollywood when three 'brown' actors meet with an entertainment exec to pitch their latest internet masterpiece.

English

 

 

 

RIPPLES

USA/2012/4min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

Director: Shreyasi Das
Producer: Shreyasi Das

An elderly woman remembers her youth back home in Calcutta: a story told in beautiful animation.

English

 

 

 

UNRAVEL
Documentary Short

UK/2012/14min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director:
Meghna Gupta
Producer: Gigi Berardi

Tall tales, dreams, and stories are spun as the Western societies least wanted clothes are literally unraveled a world away.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:00 PM
162

SHORTS PROGRAM I


ArcLight Hollywood

 

 

 

AND AFTER THAT (TATPASCHAT)

India/2012/15min/Digibeta
WORLD PREMIERE

Director:
Vasudev Keluskar
Producer: Film and Television Institute of India

One odd day, every single boy at a reform school becomes obedient upsetting the order of everything.

Hindi (English Subtitles)

 

 

 

DOSA HUNT
Documentary Short

USA/2012/22min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

A Film by Amrit Singh

Musician friends search for a cultural connection to the motherland as they ride around Queens, NY
hungry for more!

English

 

 

 

HERE AND AWAY

USA/India/2012/11min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director: Meena Nanji
Producer: Meena Nanji

A village standing at the crossroads between tradition and modernity is seen through the curious perspective of a young boy.

Hindi (English subtitles)

 

 

 

HOMECOMING

USA/2011/26min/DCP
LA PREMIERE

Director:
Gursimran Sandhu
Producers: Gursimran Sandhu, Michael Candelori

When Nina Patel's strict Indian parents refuse to let her attend the eighth-grade homecoming dance, she resorts to emotional blackmail.

English
 

 

 

 

THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS

USA/2012/3min/DCP

Directors: Fawzia Mirza, Ryan Logan
Producer: Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia falls under the spell of Bollywood heroines and their promise of love and feminine perfection - in a queer light.

English

 

 

 

RAGS TO PADS
Documentary Short

India/US/2012/3min/Blu-ray
WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Chithra Jeyaram
Producer: Chithra Jeyaram

Fed up with his wife’s lack of sanitary menstrual hygiene, a poor villager takes matters into his own hands, and unexpectedly starts a small revolution resulting in million jobs for rural women.

Tamil (English subtitles)

 

 

 

RECURRENCE

USA/2013/7min/Blu-ray
WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: Sonia Albert Sobrino, Miriam Albert Sobrino
Producers: Sonia Albert Sobrino, Miriam Albert Sobrino

A lush, visual exploration of the transcendental space between memory and dream.

English

Friday, April 12, 2013, 7:15 PM
151

PEDDLERS

India/2012/116min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Vasan Bala

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Producer: Achin Jain, Gitika Aggarwal, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga
Screenwriter: Vasan Bala
Cinematographer: Siddharth Diwan
Editor: Prerna Saigal
Music Composer: Karan Kulkarni
Cast: Gulshan Devaiya, Siddharth Menon, Kriti Malhotra, Nimrat Kaur, Murari Kumar

PEDDLERS is a crime thriller following the desperation of young drug runners who are merely trying to survive. Caught up in Mumbai’s seedy narcotics trade, the two protagonists Mandar and Bilkis become intertwined. Bilkis, a drug mule and single mother, has left her village and young child. Mandar finds the human connection he searches for in Bilkis’ companionship.

Hot on their trail is the rookie cop Ranjit, a quick tempered officer whose sexual impotence drives him to frustration and bouts of extreme irritation and violence. As Mandar and Bilkis get deeper and deeper into the world of drug trafficking, a secret is revealed that will change their fates forever. The destinies of all three collide in an action-packed climax which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Premiering at the 2012 International Critics' Week, PEDDLERS is Vasan Bala’s directorial debut.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:15 PM
152
YASH CHOPRA TRIBUTE

CHANDNI

India/1989/187min/Blu-ray
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Yash Chopra

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Producer: Yash Chopra, Gurdip Singh, T. Subbarami Reddy
Screenwriter: Kamna Chandra, Umesh Kalbagh, Arun Kaul, Sagar Sarhadi (dialogue)
Cinematographer: Manmohan Singh
Editor: Keshav Naidu
Music Composer: Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hariprasad Chaurasia
Cast: Sridevi, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna

CHANDNI, Yash Chopra’s mega-blockbuster, is a classic story of two lovers Chandni (Sridevi) and Rohit (Rishi Kapoor) who fall desperately in love. But as fate would have it, Rohit has an accident and is paralysed, and Rohit’s parents blame Chandni for it. Enter Lalit (Vinod Khanna),a friend of Rohit who also is smitten by Chandni. A temporary romance between Lalit and Chandni ensues, but in the end, Chandni belongs to Rohit. Shot in beautiful locations in Switzerland, the film was a turning point for Chopra, and established him as the successful commercial director of the 1980s. Sridevi’s star performance, the pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna (the last time after Amar, Akbar, Anthony), and the memorable lyrics (“Chandni, O meri Chandni”) with tunes composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia, garnered the movie the National Film Award of that year (1989). Sridevi became the star of the decade, and the film launched what was to become Bollywood’s signature style: a musical genre combined with an ensemble cast.

CHANDNI must be seen on full screen in order to appreciate Chopra’s signature elements: stunning sets, costumes, colorful landscapes, all mingled with a star cast.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Bollywood by Night series

Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:30 PM
153

SHIP OF THESEUS

India/2012/140min/DCP
US PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Anand Gandhi

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Producer: Mukesh Shah, Sohum Shah
Screenwriter: Anand Gandhi
Cinematographer: Pankaj Kumar
Editor: Adesh Prasad, Sanyukta Kaza, Satchit Puranik, Reka Lemhenyi
Music Composer: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor
Cast: Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah, Aida El Kashef, Faraz Khan, Vinay Shukla, Amba Sanyal

The stories of three disparate people collide, as they struggle through trials unbeknownst to each other. Relying on her remarkable intuition and the help of her boyfriend, a blind woman enjoys a successful career as a photographer. When she starts to regain her eyesight, she is confronted by her own artistic limitations and an ever-changing sense of identity. A man of unshakable principles has committed his life to fighting pharmaceutical companies against animal abuse. When he is diagnosed with a severe illness, he must choose between standing by his long held moral beliefs and his own survival. An aimless stockbroker who has recently received a kidney transplant discovers a sense of purpose when he meets a man whose kidney was unlawfully stolen. As the three characters grapple to redefine themselves in the face of their new realities, the film raises the question of what constitutes identity when integral parts of us change. The three narratives gracefully converge into a soulful finale that reveals our wondrous interconnectedness in the ephemeron of life.

Elegantly layered in its themes, evocatively photographed, and featuring beautifully understated performances, SHIP OF THESEUS reveals an original and razor sharp directorial voice in this feature debut from playwright Anand Gandhi.

English, Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 12:00 PM
154
IFFLA FAMILY DAY FILM

ARJUN: THE WARRIOR PRINCE

India/2012/96min/DCP
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Arnab Chaudhari

Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Screenwriter: Rajesh Devraj
Cinematographer: Hemant Chaturvedi
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Music Composer: Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani
Cast: Yuddvir Bakolia, Ila Arun, Anjan Srivastav, Sachin Khedekar, Vishnu Sharma

ARJUN: THE WARRIOR PRINCE is the retelling of a beloved tale from the epic Mahabharata: the remarkable coming-of-age story of Arjun, the exceptional archer, who grows from timid prince to fearless warrior. Set in the ancient Indian empire of Hastinapur, a fierce rivalry unfolds between the power-hungry Kaurvas and their cousins, the Pandavas. One of five Pandava brothers, Arjun grows up in the midst of relentless inter-familial rivalry, spearheaded by his cousin Duryodhan. When Arjun’s cowardly older brother loses the family Kingdom in a humiliating game of dice, the Pandavas are forced into exile. Exceptionally skilled as a warrior but timid and too obedient for his own good, Arjun initially resigns to his fate. His spirit and fortitude are put to the test time and time again, culminating in a battle where Arjun is called to defend not only his family's honor but also a just future for the entire Kingdom. But to do so, he must first find the courage and resolve to single-handedly confront a formidable army, commanded by his own beloved guru.

This brilliant collaboration between UTV Motion Pictures and Walt Disney vividly captures the lavish grandeur and bloodthirsty intrigues of the time in stunning animation. Exhilarating battle scenes, catchy musical sequences, and a delightfully unexpected final act make ARJUN: THE WARRIOR PRINCE an engrossing cinematic experience for children and grownups alike.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 3:30 PM
155

BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES
Documentary Feature

India/2013/96min/HDCAM
WORLD PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Sushrut Jain

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Producer: Sushrut Jain, Kunal Nayyar
Screenwriter: Sushrut Jain
Cinematographer: Jeremy Guy
Editor: Soham Mehta
Music Composer: Daniel Walter
Cast: Kunal Nayyar (Narrator)

Eat, sleep, and breathe cricket. For Prithvi, Sudhir, and Akshaya, cricket is a religion. BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES follows the story of these three characters from underprivileged backgrounds who struggle to celebrate this beloved sport against overwhelming odds in life. Cricket is their salvation. Leading up to the World Cup of Cricket in the spring of 2011, Sudhir’s dedication to India’s cricket team is widely known and well-loved by the players and fans alike, as he paints his body in team colors, and follows the team throughout India to each game. Boy prodigy Prithvi makes news headlines as the next Indian cricket superstar; only 12 years old, he copes with the expectations of greatness, participating in his most< beloved sport. Akshaya, our third centerpiece character, practices cricket everyday in her Mumbai slum neighborhood, hoping to one day play for a professional team. Their stories revolve around their fanship, family, and friendships, and are engaging, drilling to the heart of cricket fandom. The characters are a window not just into the world of cricket, but also life in India in the 21st century.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4:00 PM
156

MISS LOVELY

India/2012/110min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Ashim Ahluwalia

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Producer: Sanjay Shah
Screenwriter: Ashim Ahluwalia, Uttam Sirur
Cinematographer: K.U. Mohanan
Editor: Ashim Ahluwalia
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Niharika Singh, Anil George

MISS LOVELY is the story of two brothers immersed in the seedy underbelly of Bollywood C-movies and soft-porn during the 1980’s - an era of strict censorship in cinema. Brothers Sonu (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and Vicky (Anil George) are prolific film producers for Mumbai’s booming porn market. The domineering and sleazy Vicky leads the operation while his quiet brother pales in his shadow, left in the dust. This pushes Sonu to search deeper for human connection but he only knows the world of alcoholic divas and sleazy thugs. When Sonu meets Pinky (Niharika Singh), a gorgeous and sultry woman with a mysterious past, his world is turned upside down. Torn between love and fortune, the brothers’ jealousy, corruption, and betrayal pull them further apart. The narrative shifts from mobster flick to romance to kitschy movie, and is full of surprising twists and turns.

Indian New Wave director Ashim Ahluwalia crafts a highly stylized dark drama reminiscent of the best in underground cinema. MISS LOVELY made its world premiere in competition in the Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 PM
157

SALMA
Documentary Feature

UK/India/2012/90min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Kim Longinotto


Screenwriter: Ollie Huddleston
Cinematographer: Kim Longinotto
Editor: Ollie Huddleston
Music Composer: Samuel Sim
Cast: Rajathi Salma

Master documentarian Kim Longinotto returns to IFFLA with her latest compelling work, SALMA, the extraordinary story of one South Indian woman's courageous journey in the face of mass oppression. At the young age of 13, Salma's childhood was stripped away as her family locked her away from the outside world, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. In her own prison, Salma found salvation through poetry. Fearful of what might happen if anyone were to find out, she created an intricate system to sneak her words, scribbled on small scraps of paper to the outside as she was held captive by her family for 25 years. Against all odds, the poems found their way into the hands of a publisher - the first steps to a long life as the most famous Tamil poet.

Filmmaker Longinotto follows Salma as she journeys back for the first time to the village and her family home. Full of hope for the next generation and the young girls of her own family, Salma's discovery of her bittersweet promise and poisonous traditions is heartbreaking. Longinotto captures a tragically painful and beautiful portrait of an incredible artist and important voice. SALMA garnered the Audience Award for< Feature Documentary at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.

Tamil (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 PM
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Screens with SALMA

IRON TRACKS (LOHPATH)

India/2012/24min/DCP
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Rupesh Aggarwal

Producer: Deep Singh Kakkad, Anurag Kashyap Films Pvt Ltd

IRON TRACKS is an ode to the innocence corrupted and humanity lost in the vicious victimization of children.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:30 PM
159

THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST

USA/2012/128min/DCP
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Mira Nair

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Producer: Hani Farsi, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Anadil Hossain, Ami Boghani
Screenwriter: Mohsin Hamid, Ami Boghani, William Wheeler
Cinematographer: Declan Quinn
Editor: Shimit Amin
Music Composer: Michael Andrews
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Meesha Shafi, Shabana Azmi, Haluk Bilginer, Nelsan Ellis, Martin Donovan

Acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair brings to IFFLA her long awaited political thriller, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST. Changez, a promising young Pakistani has everything he’s worked for: a Princeton degree, a position as an analyst in one of the top finance firms, and is bright beyond comparison to his colleagues. But Changez’s ideals of the American dream and the world he’s built crumble before his eyes as the twin towers are hit in the 9/11 attack. Suddenly he is the enemy. Everyone he meets questions him no matter where he goes, which in turn makes him question the life he has built for himself. He’s not only a man to be feared but also a token to be used for all sides, including his American girlfriend, an artist played by Kate Hudson, whose work depicts her own fetishizing of her “outsider” boyfriend. On an assignment to Istanbul, he’s confronted with the question if perhaps everything he believes in is in fact everything he is against. It is this turning point where his ideology shifts and leads him back to Lahore to teach. After the kidnapping of an American professor, Changez’s involvement is suspected by Bobby, a reporter and CIA operative, played by Leiv Shreiber. Through twists and turns, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST takes us on a journey through not only Changez’s world, but also through our own minds as our perceptions and convictions are questioned.

Unabashedly strong in its core ethics, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST is based on the New York Times best-seller by the same name. Beautifully adapted and unapologetic in its strong approach, the film leaves the audience reeling in questions. Nair’s beautiful stylistic filmmaking brings passion and understanding to a story many are scared to tell, creating a profound meditation on the way politics frame attitudes about self and other.

By invitation-only screening. Open to All-Access, Fest, and Patron Pass holders.

English, Urdu (English Subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:15 PM
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SHAHID

India/2012/126min/DCP
US PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Hansal Mehta

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Producer: Guneet Monga, Sunil Bohra
Screenwriter: Sameer Gautam Singh
Cinematographer: Anuj Dhawan
Editor: Apurva Asrani
Music Composer: Karan Kulkarni
Cast: Raj Kumar Yadav, Prabhleen Sandhu, Baljinder Kaur, Vipin Sharma, Mohb Zeeshan Ayyup

Shot in secrecy, SHAHID is based on true events in the life of Shahid Azmi, a defense lawyer and human rights activist who was murdered in 2010 at the age of 32, in retribution for his defense of a man accused in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Raised in an impoverished Mumbai neighborhood plagued by inter-communal violence, young Shahid reluctantly joins a militant training camp in Kashmir, only to reject its message of violence. After finding himself defenseless against a rigid judicial system that falsely accuses him of terrorism, Shahid single-handedly undertakes a spirited fight to give voice to those that India’s draconian, anti-terrorism laws fail to protect, risking his own life in the process.

Directed with impeccable precision and relentless urgency by Hansal Mehta, this gripping courtroom drama features remarkably nuanced performances by a stellar cast, led by Raj Kumar Yadav, who effortlessly embodies a man’s fearless idealism that, in the midst of violence and injustice, shines like a bright ray of hope.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9:30 PM
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SHORTS PROGRAM II


ArcLight Hollywood

 

 

 

AFTERGLOW

India/2012/19min/35mm
US PREMIERE

Director:
Kaushal Oza
Producer: Film and Television Institute of India

Fed up with entertaining a slew of annoying guests, Minocher defies her traditional Parsi community and mourns the loss of her husband in her own way.

English, Gujurati (English subtitles)

 

 

 

HUMBLE THE POET
Documentary Short

USA/2011/12min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

Directors:
Brendan Nahmias, Ruth Paul
Producers: Brendan Nahmias, Ruth Paul

A bold and personal look at Sikh hip-hop artist, Humble the Poet: a second generation South Asian poet and musician defining his own cultural identity.

English

 

 

 

I TOO HAVE A NAME (ENAKKUM ORU PER)

Sri Lanka/2011/12min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director: Suba Sivakumaran
Producer: Suba Sivakumaran

A nun residing in a monastery hides her daughter from an approaching militia group as civil war ravages modern day Sri Lanka.

Tamil (English subtitles)

 

 

 

IKA

India/2012/15min/HDCAM
US PREMIERE

Director:
Raam Reddy
Producer: Raam Reddy

Who needs a camera to make a film when you have a cardboard box, a magnifying glass, an old VHS tape, and a chicken?

Telugu (English subtitles)

 

 

 

...OR DIE

USA/2012/14min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Directors: Gregory Bonsignore, John Petaja
Producers: Parvesh Cheena, Reena Dutt

This is what happens in Hollywood when three 'brown' actors meet with an entertainment exec to pitch their latest internet masterpiece.

English

 

 

 

RIPPLES

USA/2012/4min/Blu-ray
LA PREMIERE

Director: Shreyasi Das
Producer: Shreyasi Das

An elderly woman remembers her youth back home in Calcutta: a story told in beautiful animation.

English

 

 

 

UNRAVEL
Documentary Short

UK/2012/14min/HDCAM
LA PREMIERE

Director:
Meghna Gupta
Producer: Gigi Berardi

Tall tales, dreams, and stories are spun as the Western societies least wanted clothes are literally unraveled a world away.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 12:00 PM
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YASH CHOPRA TRIBUTE

KABHI KABHIE

India/1976/178min/Blu-ray
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Yash Chopra

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Producer: Yash Chopra
Screenwriter: Pamela Chopra (story), Sagar Sarhadi
Cinematographer: Romesh Bhalla, Kay Gee
Editor: Naresh Malhotra, Pran Mehra
Music Composer: Mohammed Zahur Khayyam, Sahir Ludhianvi (lyrics)
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rakhee, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor

KABHI KABHIE by Yash Chopra remains one of Hindi cinema’s most beloved films. Sweeping several awards, KABHI KABHIE began a definitive tradition of romance in Hindi cinema, perfectly mastered by Chopra. Later films such as VEER ZARA (2004) and the recent JAB TAK HAI JAAN (2012) carried much of the same powerful romantic idioms as KABHI KABHIE. The story deals with the poignancy of youthful lovers Amit Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) and Pooja (Rakhee) who are unable to marry due to class differences. Pooja marries Vijay Khanna the architect (Shashi Kapoor), and Amit marries Anjali (Waheeda Rehman). Fast forward to the next generation where we find the son of Pooja and Vijay, Vikram, in love with Pinky, Anjali’s secret child. Chopra doesn’t hesitate to raise taboo themes – here, Anjali’s secret child from a premarital relationship. In his exploration of all that concerns the human heart, Chopra remains ahead of his time. Eventually the original lovers Amit and Pooja meet again in their mature years as a result of their children’s romances. The pathos of time lost and found is the central theme and has lasting resonance with audiences. For lovers of poetry and the spoken word, this is one of Chopra’s most evocative films.

Hindi (English subtitles)

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1:00 PM
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CELLULOID MAN
Documentary Feature

India/2012/150min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

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Producer: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Screenwriter: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
Editor: Irene Dhar Malik
Music Composer: Ram Sampat

To say that P.K. Nair is a film legend would be an understatement. A walking master of Indian film knowledge, archivist Nair is responsible for building the National Film Archive of India can by can, purely on devotion and passion alone. CELLULOID MAN, directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, explores the life and work of this legendary guardian of Indian cinema. He was responsible for influencing a generation of Indian filmmakers. The fact that Dadasaheb Phalke is recognized today as the father of Indian cinema is Nair’s doing.

Visually stunning, the film follows Nair's journey through personal stories and interviews with Indian cinema luminaries. As the history of Indian cinema unfolds on the screen, what emerges is a portrait of a man so in love with cinema that everything else in his life took second place, including his family. The fact that India has a cinematic heritage at all is the single-handed achievement of this man.

CELLULOID MAN is essential viewing for anyone interested in cinema and the incredibly visceral imagery harks to the feeling of falling in love with the cinema for the first time.

English, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada (English Subtitles)

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 7:00 PM
167
CLOSING NIGHT GALA

MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN

Canada/2012/140min/DCP
LA PREMIERE
ArcLight Hollywood

Director: Deepa Mehta

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Producer: David Hamilton
Screenwriter: Salman Rushdie
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens
Cast: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Siddharth Narayan, Rahul Bose, Ronit Roy, Anita Majumdar, Zaib Shakh, Samrat Chakrabarti

Academy Award® nominated director Deepa Mehta adapts for the screen the beloved Booker® prized novel MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie, who also penned the film’s screenplay, in this highly anticipated, masterful collaboration between two of India’s boldest storytellers.

At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims its independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth. Saleem, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of upper-class parents, are bound to live out each other’s destinies. The nurse responsible for the deed, played by Seema Biswas, stays intricately involved in the lives of these two men, whose fates will become inextricably linked to India's history.

Mehta skillfully casts a spell of wonder and delight in this lyrical kaleidoscope of bittersweet love, loss and triumph. From the tales of their ancestral roots to the birth of their own children, the two main characters remain as charismatic and complex as the motherland herself: strong and fiercely romantic, tormented and at times broken, but always hopeful.

Filmed in secrecy in Sri Lanka, the film vibrantly brings to life the tumultuous canvas of modern Indian history, in a poetic journey that scales time and space. Epic in its scope, but at the same time delicately intimate and deeply moving, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN is an enthralling cinematic feast not to be missed.

English