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Winner of the Fedeora Award for Best Debut Feature at last year’s Venice Film Festival (as part of the Venice Days Sidebar), Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City finally finds a domestic release on 2nd September. The Mumbai-set triptych of stories stars Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash and Tannishtha Chatterjee in leading roles. The film is produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and will be distributed by Drishyam Films.

Here’s a post on the film from last year’s Mumbai Film Festival where it screened.

Official synopsis:

Island City follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about Suyash (Vinay Pathak), a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option.

The second story begins with Sarita (Amruta Subhash), whose domineering husband Anil is on life support. Seeking some relief, she and her mother-in-law decide to buy a TV for the family, which Anil had banned. Now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is an ‘ideal man’ in every way…

The third one centres on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes…

Here’s our recco post on the film which was posted during Mumbai Film Festival.

Below are the teaser and trailer for the film:

 

 

Credits:

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Samir Kochhar, Uttara Baokar, Ashwin Mushran, Sana Sheikh
Writer/Director: Ruchika Oberoi
Director of photography: Sylvester Fonseca
Production designer:
Krishnendu Chowdhury
Costume designers:
Anirban Haldar, Rajesh Kumar
Editor: Hemanti Sarkar
Music: Sagar Desai
Production Company: National Film Development Corporation

Chauranga

Bikas Mishra’s debut feature, Chauranga bagged the top prize in India Gold section at last year’s Mumbai Film Festival. Now, the film is all set to release on 8th January, 2016. The makers have released a new trailer of the film. Do have a look.

Trailer :

Cast :

The film stars Sanjay Suri, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Arpita Chatterjee, Soham Maitra, Riddhi Sen, Ena Saha, Anshuman Jha, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Delzad Hiwale and Swatilekha Sengupta.

About the film :

Fourteen-year-old Santu wants to go to school. But his destiny was pre-written in a village that’s steeped deep in caste-hierarchy, oppression and debauchery. Unaware of the consequences, Santu is nurturing defiance and a dangerous infatuation. How far will his defiance take him? What will be the price of his escape?

For more details about the film, its twitter handle is here and FB page is here.

visaranaiThe fest news continues. After Toronto’s list, now Venice Film Festival is out with their line-up. Vetri Maaran’s Visaarani has been selected to premiere at the fest.

The film will compete in Orizzonti (international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema) section of the fest.

Titled Interrogation in English, the 106 minute long film stars Dinesh Ravi, Samuthira Kani, Murugadas Periyasamy .

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court was in the same section last year where it bagged two top awards.

Guru Dutt’s classic Pyaasa will be screened in the ‘Venice Classics’ section of the fest.

The other Indian film is Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City. This film will be at Venice Days which is an independent section at the Venice Film Festival, and is promoted by the Italian Association of Filmmakers and authors. The idea was to develop a parallel sidebar on the lines of Directors Fortnight at Cannes.

Starring Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash and Tannishtha Chatterjee, the film ties together three absurd stories in a modern-day Indian city.

The first story revolves around a diligent office worker who wins the office ‘Fun Committee’ award. The second is about the domineering head of a family who suddenly falls into a coma and how his family slowly replaces him in their psyche with the seductive hero of a popular soap opera. The third is about a girl who falls in love with a man who writes her love letters. The first two stories are black comedies while the third one falls into the tragicomedy genre.

Guru Dutt’s classic Pyaasa will be screened in the Restored Classics section of the fest.

Irrfan

The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced its line-up for 2015. And here’s the good news – two Indian films, Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar and Leena Yadav’s Parched have been selected for World Premiere in ‘Special Presentations’ section.

Starring Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sensharma, Neeraj Kabi, Atul Kumar, Gajraj Rao, Sohum Shah and Tabu in a special appearance, the film is a gritty investigative drama about the Noida double murder case. With Gulzar’s lyrics, Vishal Bhardwaj’s music & screenplay, and cinematography by Pankaj Kumar (Haider, Ship Of Theseus), the thriller is a fictional dramatization of true life events revolving around Aarushi Talwar murder case investigation.

Leena Yadav’s Parched has Tannishtha Chatterjee in the lead role. The official page has one line description – In a rural Indian village, four ordinary women begin to throw off the traditions that hold them in servitude, in this inspirational drama.

(Disclosure – One of our editors is closely associated with Talvar)

Terribly Tiny Talkies by Chintan Ruparel and Anuj Gosalia is a creative initiative which brings together a diverse pool of writers to create one tweet-sized story, everyday. Like their previous shorts centered on the theme of “Love”, this time they have produced 5 more shorts on the ocassion of “Mother’s Day”.

5 shorts, under 5 minutes, by 5 filmmakers.  L by by Amit Masurkar, Cuddly by Karan Shetty, Cheers by Piyush Raghani, Arey Baba by Surya Balakrishnan, and Mamta Tonic by Srinivas Sunderrajan. Do watch them and VOTE for your favourite one.

L by Amit Masurkar, stars Tanistha Chatterjee, Pankaj Tripathi and Svar Kamble. A mother’s dream of riding a scooter is not as easy as it seems.

CUDDLY by Karan Shetty stars Neena Kulkarni and Shruti Vyas. Necessity is the mother of invention. But can it replace mother’s love?

CHEERS by Piyush Raghani stars Ali Fazal and Anju Mahendru. 10 years ago, a boy abandoned his alcoholic mother. Now a man, he returns to meet her.

ARRE BABA by Surya Balakrishnan stars Girish Kulkarni and Gauri Deshpande. Little Devika has a problem her father may not understand.

MAMTA TONIC by Srinivas Sunderrajan stars Suhita Thatte. A travelling saleswoman. 3 potential customers. She weighs the pros of her homemade tonic against the cons of making tough choices in life.

VOTE for your favourite short!

The first look of Richie Mehta’s new film, Siddharth, is out. The film will have its premiere at the 10th edition of Venice Days Program of the Biennale.

Venice Days is a separate festival within the Venice Fest and it runs during the entire duration of the main fest (August 28-Sept. 7). Its lineup includes 12 feature films, two shorts, three special events and two special screenings.

Here’s the trailer and synopsis of the film

SiddharthSIDDHARTH by Richie Mehta

With Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Shobha Sharma Jassi, Geeta Agarwal Sharma, Naseeruddin Shah

India/Canada, World Premiere

Production: Poor Man’s Productions Ltd.

Mahendra works on street corners as a chain-wallah (a zipper-fixer), while his wife Suman stays at home with their two young children, twelve-year-old Siddharth and his sister. To contribute to the family budget, the boy is sent far away from home, from New Dehli to Ludhiana, where a relative has a job for him and a place to sleep. It seems like a dream come true to his father, until he realises that his son has vanished into thin air: kidnapped, perhaps, or dead. Mahendra learns how confusing the world beyond his front door really is, but that doesn´t stop him from stubbornly seeking Siddharth all over India, its cities and countryside combined. Co-written by its star and the director (who now lives in Canada), the film builds on the emotions of one man´s painful awakening, and shows a different, almost neorealist India, described with that ingredient of universal humanity that is Italian film´s gift to the world.

Cannes

Cannes Film Festival has just announced its official selection list. And as expected not too many Indian films at fest this year.

As part of tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema, Bombay Talkies will have its Gala premiere at the fest. It’s a collection of four short films directed by Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar.

Another selection is Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout which is in Midnight Screenings section. It stars Vijay Varma, Nawazuddin Siddiqi, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Thapa.

And here’s the official synopsis – A rookie cop faces a suspected gangster in a dead-end alley and has to decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. Three separate scenarios explore the impact of his decision on other people’s lives.

Amit had earlier directed a terrific short called Bypass which won many awards. Click here and here to watch the film in two parts.

Also, Indian actor and director Nandita Das is part of the CineFoundation and Short Film Jury.

To read the complete list, click here.