Lowdown on the London Indian Film Festival 2014
Summer in the capital city wouldn’t be the same without the London Indian Film Festival (LIFF). We can vouch for that as we’ve been massive fans since its launch five years ago. Each year the team led by Festival Director Cary Rajinder Sawhney programmes an event that’s filled with creativity, inspiration and touching tales that you won’t hear anywhere else. These are films that are unique, original and unexpected, showing the diversity that exists in independent filmmaking in India and South East Asia. This year’s festival takes place 10th – 17th July at venues across London including the BFI Southbank, ICA and Cineworld cinemas. As well as screenings there are Q&As and talks; the one we can’t wait for is led by the gorgeous (and talented!) actor and director Farhan Akhtar (pictured) on July 15th. (One event that’ll definitely be in our diaries…)
The biggest South Asian film festival in Europe, LIFF isn’t just about Hindi cinema, there are also films in Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali – it’s a great way of discovering new stories, filmmaking talent and for anyone who has doubts about the current state of Bollywood, LIFF will prove to you that there’s more to life than A’list stars and item numbers. Film fans and those who are curious about what ‘Indie Indian cinema’ is: this festival is for you, so start booking your tickets now and if you don’t live in London, we suggest you take a week off, come down South and experience a holiday in front of the big screen.
Feeling overwhelmed by what to watch? We are looking forward to these flicks especially:
SOLD 10th July, 18:00 Cineworld, Haymarket
A European premiere, starring X Files star Gillian Anderson and executive produced by Emma Thompson, this film kick starts the festival and is about a young Nepali girl who is trafficked to Kolkata, India.
ILAI (LEAF), 11th July, 19:00. Cineworld, Wood Green
European premiere of a Tamil film a lonely little girl from the countryside accidentally finds herself in a bustling metropolis.
SHONGRAM (STRUGGLE), 14th July, 19:30, Cineworld, 02
A powerful romantic drama set during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh, a Muslim falls in love with a Hindu, but their peaceful life is suddenly interrupted by war.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM, 14 July, 18.15, Cineworld, Shaftesbury Avenue
An English language film focusing on the inspirational true story that follows the uplifting journey of two Indian boys whose lives are transformed by a national TV contest. Watch the trailer.
HEMALKASA 17th July, 18:00, Cineworld Haymarket
A world premiere for the closing night, this is the inspirational and incredibly moving biopic of Dr. Prakash Baba Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte, a couple who dedicated their lives to a project for the development of tribal people of Maharashtra, India, in the toughest of conditions with little or no support from the establishment.
The London Indian Film Festival 2014 runs from 10th-17th July 2014.
See the full programme here: www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk ">www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk