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2014 PROGRAMME

SOLD | OPENING NIGHT | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 15
Sold
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English Language l 97 mins l USA l Dir. Jeffrey D Brown l with Gillian Anderson, Seema Biswas, David Arquette, Niyar Saikia, Tillotama Shome, Parambrata Chatterjee.
   
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10 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD HAYMARKET Location Map Booking Info
12 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD HAYMARKET Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Sold is a remarkable film based on Particia McCormick's bestseller which tells the tale of Laxmi (Niyar Saikia), a young Nepali girl who lives an impoverished life with her parents in the Himalayas. One day a lady comes to visit offering to take Laxmi to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata. Laxmi's father agrees and she is led down the mountain and soon ends up in Kolkata only to realise that she has been trafficked into a brothel. Laxmi makes a bid to escape. Her cries for help attract the attention of a US photographer (Gillian Anderson), who helps local agencies spearhead a dangerous mission to rescue her. Superbly scripted with powerful performances including by Seema Biswas and Tillotama Shome.
 
10 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Jeffrey D Brown, Actor Gillian Anderson and Produccer Jane Charles
12 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Jeffrey D Brown and ProducerJane Charles
 
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HEMALKASA | CLOSING NIGHT | WORLD PREMIERE | Cert U
hemalska
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Hindi with English subtitles | 117 mins | India |
Dir. Samruddhi Porey | with Nana Patekar, Sonali
Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe.
   
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17 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD HAYMARKET Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This inspirational biopic follows the selfless journey 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 project, located at Hemalkasa, eventually led to the formation of a free hospital, a free residential school and an orphanage for
injured wild animals. For their pioneering efforts, the Amtes were accorded the prestigious Magsasay Award for Community Leadership. Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni deliver the performance of their lives in this
outstanding example of the best Indian independent cinema. Incredibly moving, the film will leave you with a
tear in your eye, a fond smile on your lips and an immediate desire to improve the world that we live in.
 
Q&A with Filmmaker Samruddhi Porey and Nana Patekar.
 
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HANK AND ASHA | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert U
Sold
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English language l 73 Mins l USA l Dir James E. Duff l with Andrew Pastides, Mahira Kakkar.
   
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11 JULY | 18:30 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
12 JULY | 20:00 | CINEWORLD WEMBLEY Location Map Booking Info
12 JULY | 20:20 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
13 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD O2 Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Winner of the Slamdance Audience Award, this tender delight of a movie tells of the courtship of two
loveable young strangers searching for connection in an online world. Adorable Indian, Asha, is studying in Prague, where she watches a film by an American, called Hank, which she adores, but misses him at the post screening Q&A, so she takes a risk and sends him a video blog. To her surprise handsome Hank responds with a video blog from his home in New York. Very quickly the two bond and are soon communicating regularly and before they know it, they plan their first actual date in Paris, but one of them has held back a secret.
 
11, 12 + 13 JULY | Q&A with Juila Morrison (Writer, Producer, Editor)
 
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BAREFOOT TO GOA | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert U
Sold
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Hindi with English subtitles l 80 mins l India l Dir.
Praveen Morchhale l with Purva Parag, Farrukh Jaffar, Saara Nahar.
   
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11 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH Location Map Booking Info
12 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD WEMBLEY Location Map Booking Info
13 JULY | 15:00 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
14 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WOOD GREEN Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
A hit at festivals around India, Barefoot to Goa explores with great sensitivity the Indian middleclass dilemma of what to do with ageing parents and the intergenerational ties that powerfully bind families together. Diya and Prakhar live with their busy parents in bustling Mumbai. Their grandmother in rural Goa regularly sends her son and family countless letters asking them to visit, but never gets a reply, even though her grandchildren love her dearly. One day the kids discover that their mum has been hiding the un-opened letters in a box. They read that their grandmother is ill and upset, decide to set off to see their grandmother in Goa by themselves.
 
 
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SULEMANI KEEDA (WRITERS) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 15
anima
FILM INFO

Hindi with English subtitles | 89 mins | India/US |
Dir. Amit V Masurkar | with Naveen Kasturia, Mayank Tewari, Aditi Vasudev.
   
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11 JULY | 20:00 | CINEWORLD WEMBLEY Location Map Booking Info
12 JULY | 18:20 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Two struggling writers dare to dream big and try to peddle their screenplay in Bollywood. Perennially hungry and horny, they lie, drink, hit on unsuspecting girls in bookshops and attend poetry readings where they read their vulgar verses. Things look bright when they meet a bizarre wannabe auteur who wants to make a film inspired by Tarkovsky and commissions them to come up with a script idea. When one of the writers falls in love with a woman who is leaving India in a matter of days, he is faced with a choice – whether to co-write a film he doesn't believe in or woo the girl he has fallen in love with. This racy romp through the filmi underbelly of suburban Mumbai is also richly populated with a host of Bollywood celebrities in cameos, playing themselves. We're not telling you who they are – come and find out for yourselves!
 
11 + 12 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Amit V Masurkar & Datta Dave
 
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ILAI (LEAF) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 15
anima
FILM INFO

Tamil with English subtitles l 67 mins l India l
Dir. Rajiv Reddy Pochareddy l with Manjula Odanadi,
Pritham Charavarthy, Mighty Gibson.
   
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11 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WOOD GREEN Location Map Booking Info
15 JULY | 18:15 | CINEWORLD SHAFTSBURY AVE Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
With great pathos, and a riveting narrative, Ilai (Leaf) encapsulates the stories of many thousands of Indians
arriving in the big cities each year, in the hope of a better future, or sometimes just by chance. Often their
only baggage is a troubled past. We are introduced to one such story, a lonely little girl from the countryside
who accidentally finds herself in a bustling metropolis. The girl can't speak the city's language, or understand
its high-speed ways. She wanders the mean streets to find shelter, but soon realises she must enlist the help
of others, including a homeless old woman to ensure her survival.
 
Ilai (Leaf) is screening with a short film - FOREST MAN | Dir. William Douglas McMaster.
A doc. based on the true story of a man who planted an Indian forest from scratch.
 
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GOOPI GAWAIYA BAGHA BAJAIYA | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert U
goopi
FILM INFO

Hindi with English subtitles l 79 mins l India l Dir. Shilpa Ranade l with voices of Manish Bhawan, Shailendra Pande, Rajeev Raj.
   
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12 JULY | 15:00 | CINEWORLD WOOD GREEN Location Map Booking Info
13 JULY | 16:00 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Premiered at Toronto Film Festival, The World of Goopi and Bagha is a delightful and hilarious animated feature, based on a story for children of all ages immortalised by Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Goopy and Bagha are such terrible singers and musicians that they are thrown out of their own respective towns. They bump into each other in the forest and immediately become best buddies. They also then bump something more terrifying – the King of Ghosts, but he likes their terrible music so much he gives them a pair of magical
slippers each and three wishes. Armed with this new magical confidence they set out on the road to
adventure.
In partnership with Loco London Comedy Film Festival:
 
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ULIDAVARU KANDANTE | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | Cert 15
goopi
FILM INFO

Kannada with English subtitles | 154 mins | India |
Dir. Rakshit Shetty | with Rakshit Shetty, Kishore, Tara.
   
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12 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH Location Map Booking Info
13 JULY | 17:30 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This dazzling epic manages to cram in homages to Sin City, Pulp Fiction, Agneepath, Scarface, Shankar Nag,
Rashomon
and a host of other tributes while telling an utterly compelling and original story. In this kinetic
suspense thriller that deals with five interconnected stories, a journalist sets out to uncover the truth behind an incident from the past, through the perspectives of different people, and how they and their lives are intertwined with it. Along the way she encounters gangsters, fisherwomen, precocious children, tiger dancers, motor mechanics and a wide array of other colourful characters that help together in piecing together what happened one fateful night years ago. Rakshit Shetty, the star of blockbuster hit Simple Agi Ondh Love Story, makes his directorial debut with this film and also puts in a swaggering central performance where he faces off against the other rising Kannada star Kishore.
 
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QISSA: THE TALE OF A LONELY GHOST | UK PREMIERE | Cert 12A
Sold
FILM INFO

Punjabi with English subtitles | 109 min | India,
Germany, Netherlands, France | Dir. Anup Singh | with Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal.
   
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12 JULY | 20:10 | BFI SOUTHBANK Location Map Booking Info
13 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD HAYMARKET Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Acclaimed actor and LIFF 2013 guest Irrfan Khan (Lunchbox, Life of Pi), plays the role of Umber Singh, a rural Sikh, dispossessed from his homeland by the Partition. He obsessively focuses on the 'ideal' of having a son and heir, but as his fourth daughter is born he hides the child's true identity, she becomes the son of his dreams, but at a terrible cost. Deftly directed by Anup Singh with stunning performances from an ensemble cast including Tillotama Shome as the 'son'.
 
12 + 13 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Anup Singh
 
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APUR PANCHALI (APU'S SONG) | UK PREMIERE | Cert 12A
Sold
FILM INFO
Bengali with English subtitles | 97 min | India | Dir. Kaushik Ganguly | with Parambrata Chatterjee, Ardhendu Banerjee, Parno Mitra.
   
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13 JULY | 15:00 | BFI SOUTHBANK Location Map Booking Info
14 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WEMBLEY Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
One of the greatest child characters in cinema history is the little boy Apu in Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali
(Song of the Little Road)
. Kaushik Ganguly's heart-touching, jewel box of a film is inspired by the real-life actor Subir Banerjee, who played the young Apu. 58 years after Pather Panchali a film student goes in search of Subir. He carries news that a German film festival are keen to honour Subir, but the student discovers a reticent older man, whose life has ironically reflected the tragic character he played. With sparkling character performances and intercut with Ray's Apu trilogy, this film is cineaste heaven.
 
13 + 14 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Kaushik Ganguly
 
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KANYAKA TALKIES (VIRGIN TALKIES) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 12A
goopi
FILM INFO

Malayalam with English subtitles | 115 mins | India |
Dir. K.R. Manoj | with Murali Gopy, Lena Kumar, Indrans, Manianpilla Raju.
   
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13 JULY | 16:00 | CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH Location Map Booking Info
16 JULY | 18:15 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
A gripping tale is woven around Kanyaka Talkies, a twenty-year-old movie theatre in a sleepy Kerala village, where the mainstay was the screening of softporn. The theatre owner moves away and leaves the theatre to the parish, which decides to convert it into a church. The priest who comes to the village to spread the word of the Lord is haunted by a woman's voice. Whose voice is it? Is it the voice of the countless heroines from C grade movies, which were previously screened in the cinema? The priest is slowly driven crazy and suffers a crisis of faith. Adding to the mix is a woman who leads the double life of a home nurse and a porn star. The film deftly weaves themes of body, desire, guilt and forbidden pleasures into its racy and spellbinding narrative. Unmissable!
 
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ANIMA STATE | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 15
anima
FILM INFO

Urdu with English subtitles | 80 mins | Pakistan / UK | Dir. Hammad Khan | with Uns Mufti, Malika Zafar, Osman Khalid Butt.
   
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14 JULY | 18:15 | CINEWORLD HAYMARKET Location Map Booking Info
15 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD - THE O2 Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS

A man with a bandage mask across his face goes on a shooting spree across a Pakistani city, gunning down random people. He soon realises that his actions have no consequences and nobody appears to be interested in his murderous deeds, and so he decides to go on live television with a view to committing suicide on air. And that's when there is a huge twist in the plot. The film is an unflinching and surreal look at contemporary Pakistan and will provoke and entertain in equal measure. Racy and unafraid of controversy from start to finish, the film is an exhilarating cinematic ride, dealing with persecution, paranoia and that blurry line between dreams and harsh reality. With this, his second feature after Slackistan, Hammad Khan firmly establishes himself as the boldest voice in British Pakistani cinema.

 
14 + 15 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Hammad Khan.
 
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SHONGRAM (STRUGGLE) | WORLD PREMIERE | Cert 15
shongram
FILM INFO

Bangla with English subtitles | 103 mins |Bangladesh / UK | Dir. Munsur Ali | with Anupam Kher, Asia Argento, Amaan Reza, Dilruba Yasmeen Ruhee.
   
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14 JULY | 19:30 | CINEWORLD O2 Location Map Booking Info
16 JULY | 20:30 | CINEWORLD SHAFTESBURY AVE Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
In this powerful romantic drama set during the 1971 liberation struggle of Bangladesh, a London reporter
interviews a British Bengali on his deathbed, where four decades later, Karim is able to recall and finally share
his past. We are transported to 1971, when Bangladesh was still East Pakistan and a young Karim (a Muslim) is in love with a beautiful Asha (a Hindu). Their peaceful village life is suddenly interrupted by war and Karim
must grow up fast to survive in an era where mass killings and abduction was common. He must also carry out his duty to his people and seek revenge before he can finally search for Asha, who has gone missing. Bangladesh's stunning vistas are captured as never seen before and act as a counterpoint to the brutal horrors of war. Profound, potent and poignant, the emotional swoop of this mesmerising film will enthral, entertain and educate in equal measure.
 
14 + 16 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Munsur Ali and other special guests.
 
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MILLION DOLLAR ARM | UK PREMIERE - CENTREPIECE GALA | Cert PG
million dollar arm
FILM INFO

English language | 124 mins | US | Dir. Craig Gillespie | With Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton.
   
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14 JULY | 18.15 | CINEWORLD SHAFTESBURY AVE Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
Based on an inspirational true story, Million Dollar Arm is a funny and uplifting journey. US sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India in an effort to save his career by finding a young cricketer to turn into a baseball star. With the help of a retired scout (Alan Arkin) JB sets up a talent contest "The Million Dollar Arm", discovering Rinku (Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire's Madhur Mittal) who have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to make a quick buck he brings them to LA to train, but the boys struggle to adjust. His livelihood on the line and relationship with the boys at stake, with the help of his friend Brenda (Lake Bell) JB realises that family and friendships are more important than sealing the deal. The film features a brilliant score from Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman.
 
Q&A with Madhur Mittal, Mike Ciardie interviewed by Sunny & Shay (BBC London 94.9)
 
MILLION DOLLAR ARM is released in cinemas August 29
 
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AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert U
madras
FILM INFO

English, Tamil, Hindi with English subtitles | 80 mins | India | Dir. Karan Bali | with Kamal Haasan, Radha Viswanathan, K. Hariharan.
   
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15 JULY | 20:20 | ICA Location Map Booking Info
16 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This fascinating and fast-paced documentary traces the journey of American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan who arrived in India in 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and '40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding a word of the language! Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR's first film, Sathi Leelavathi, as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi's most famous films, Sakuntalai and Meera. The film traces Dungan's Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India.
 
15 + 16 JULY | Q&A with Dir. Karan Bali.
 
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SATYAJIT RAY FOUNDATION'S SHORT FILM COMPETITION
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Language(s) : Various, with English subtitles
Running Time :
115 mins
Director : Various | Actors : Various
 
15 JULY | 18:20 | ICA
 
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SANTOSH SIVAN | MASTERCLASS
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11 JULY | 18:30 | BFI SOUTHBANK
 
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SYNOPSIS
Santosh Sivan is India's foremost and most awarded cinematographer. He is also the only Indian member of
the American Society of Cinematographers. He shot to prominence on the national stage with Mani Ratnam's
Thalapathi and is celebrated for his work on Roja, Dil Se, Iruvar and Kaala Pani. His international credits
include Bride & Prejudice and Mistress Of Spices. Sivan debuted as director with Halo followed by Malli , both
films aimed at children. The world took notice of his next film The Terrorist (premiered at BFI London Film
Festival), about a suicide bomber wrestling with her conscience. John Malkovich championed the film and
ensured that it found global distribution.
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FARHAN AKHTAR | SCREEN TALK
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16 JULY | 18:20 | BFI SOUTHBANK
 
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SYNOPSIS
Farhan Akhtar is the renaissance man of Indian entertainment, being a director, producer, actor, singer,
screenwriter, lyricist and television host. The son of legendary writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar and
screenwriter, actor and director Honey Irani, Farhan made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai, a film that changed filmmaking mores in Bollywood. He made his lyric writing debut with Bride and Prejudice and his acting and singing debut with Rock On!! His turn as the Olympian athlete Milkha Singh in the biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has seen him win every major Indian acting award this year!
 
This engrossing Screen Talk interview was filmed at the BFI - actor, director and producer Farhan Akhtar talks about making his directorial debut with Dil Chatha Hai (2001), his acting debut in Rock On!! (2008) and working with Shah Rukh Khan in Don (2006). Akhtar also explains how his parents have affected his work.
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