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Ashutosh Gowariker Honored and A Billion Colour Story Wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

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The fabulous Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival in London and Birmingham, is UK and Europe’s largest platform of independent cinema from the Indian subcontinent. The brilliant London festival has closed but the amazing movies continue in Birmingham until July 2nd.

The festival has grown significantly in stature and reputation, with pan-Indian and Indian sub continental cinema in several languages, all subtitled in English, Bsl (British Sign Language) incorporated in some talks, and this year attracted major award winning films including Newton, Hotel Salvation and The Cinema Travellers, as well as world premieres like the Tamil comedy, Ticket – The Movie.

Festival executive and programming director Cary Rajinder Sawhney said: “It is wonderful that the festival continues to lead the debate and not simply reflect the changing shape of Indian cinema; from this year’s Indian virtual reality showcases to bringing carefully curated important new talent to the world stage
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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Lineup

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Lineup
The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced its 2016 lineup of features, short films and galas.

The 14th annual festival, which begins April 6, opens with the premiere of “Angry Indian Goddesses.” The film takes an uncensored look at the issues facing women in contemporary Indian society while also celebrating the uniqueness, talents and flaws of its female characters.

The festival closes April 10 with a screening of “Waiting.” Anu Menon’s film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin in the story of a woman who finds guidance and answers in a gentle and hopeful man after her husband slips into a coma.

“India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking,” said Mike Dougherty, director of programming. “I’m extremely excited for our Los Angeles audience to experience these films, which have garnered raves from around the world,
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Palm Springs Film Festival Announces Winners

Palm Springs Film Festival Announces Winners
The Palm Springs Film Festival began rounding off its 11-day run with its annual awards luncheon held Saturday afternoon at Spencer’s at the Mountain.

The Fipresci Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year went to Taiwanese thriller “The Assassin,” directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. The Fipresci Prize for the Best Actor of the Year went to Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíussonfrom for their work in the Iceland film “Rams,” while the Fipresci Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Alena Mihulová for her role in “Home Care,” written and directed by Czech filmmaker Slavek Horak.

“Alena, who is now 50, had her first breakthrough role at (age) 17 and then nothing for 33 years,” said Horak, who accepted the award on the actress’ behalf. “She played an apprentice to a home care nurse in her first film and has now graduated to a
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'Labyrinth Of Lies', 'The Assassin' win at Psiff

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'Labyrinth Of Lies', 'The Assassin' win at Psiff
Jan 10 Update: Giulio Ricciarelli’s German foreign-language Oscar submission Labyrinth Of Lies won on Sunday the Palm Springs Film Festival’s Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for best narrative feature and Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker’s Everything Is Copy from the Us earned the documentary award.

On Saturday Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Taiwanese foreign-language Oscar submission The Assassin won the Fipresci Prize at the 27th annual festival.

In other juried award winners announced at a luncheon on January 9, the Fipresci Prize for Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson from Grimur Hakonarson’s Icelandic Oscar submission Rams.

Fipresci’s Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Alena Mihulová from Slávek Horák’s Czech Oscar submission Home Care.

The New Voices/New Visions competition honoured Xavier Seron’s Death By Death (Belgium-France), while a special mention went to Thithi (India-us) by Raam Reddy.

The
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'The Assassin' wins Psiff Fipresci Prize

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Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Taiwanese foreign language Oscar submission has won the Fipresci Prize at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff).

In other juried award winners announced at a luncheon on January 9, the Fipresci Prize for Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Sigurður Sigurjónsson and Theodór Júlíusson from Grimur Hakonarson’s Icelandic Oscar submission Rams.

Fipresci’s Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film went to Alena Mihulová from Slávek Horák’s Czech Oscar submission Home Care.

The New Voices/New Visions competition honoured Xavier Seron’s Death By Death (Belgium-France), while a special mention went to Thithi (India-us) by Raam Reddy.

The John Schlesinger Award for a first-time documentary filmmaker was awarded to The Birth Of Saké (Japan) by Erik Shirai, while the Hp Bridging The Borders Award went to Umrika (India) by Prashant Nair

The audience award winners will be announced on January
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Mumbai Film Festival unveils line-up

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Mumbai Film Festival unveils line-up
Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh will open the festival this year, while there will be a restored screening of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.

The Mumbai Film Festival (October 29 - November 5) has announced the line-up for this year’s edition, which will open with Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh, while Claude Lelouch’s One Plus One will close the eight-day event.

As previously leaked on social media, Selma director Ava DuVernay will head the jury for the International Competition for debut filmmakers, which includes titles such as Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues, Chloe Zhao’s Songs My Brother Taught Me, Raam Reddy’s Thithi and Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul Volcano.

Titles selected for the India Gold competition include Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction, Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City, Prashant Nair’s Umrika and Shlok Sharma’s Haraamkhor.

The festival is also launching several new sidebars including ‘Half Ticket’ for children’s’ films; ‘The India Story’, showcasing India’s regional
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Hamptons Film Festival Adds ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Room,’ More to 2015 Slate

Hamptons Film Festival Adds ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Room,’ More to 2015 Slate
Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” will close the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, which also has added movies to its slate that include buzzy titles “Room,” “Anomalisa,” “Brooklyn,” “Suffragette” and “Experimenter,” among others.

Meanwhile, the festival’s series of public conversations will feature Emily Blunt, already set to be honored at the festival; Michael Moore, whose “Where to Invade Next” is part of the fest’s lineup, and Dan Rather, who is the subject of the festival’s opening night film, “Truth.”

Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” which stars Tom Hanks in a Cold War-era spy drama, will screen in the Hamptons Oct. 12, the week after the film’s world premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. The addition of the title was announced along with the films in the festival’s Spotlight series and its World Cinema programs.

The features added to the slate of the 2015 Hamptons
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'Umrika' to close Oldenburg fest

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Light-hearted drama won Sundance audience award.

The Oldenburg Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to close with Umrika, an Indian drama from writer-director Prashant Nair’s that stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

The film, first seen at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the audience award, is set in the mid-1980s and centres on a small village in India that is invigorated when one of their own travels to America and details his adventures through letters home.

But when the letters mysteriously stop, his younger brother Rama ( Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Revolori), Rama retraces his brother’s steps and charts a path of his own.

The Hindi-language film will be jointly released in German cinemas on Nov 19 by Ascot Elite and CaminoFilmverleih.

Highlights at this year’s Oldenburg Film Festival include the world
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Liff Special Movie Review: Umrika

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The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival opened this year with Prashant Nair’s second film Umrika, starring Suraj Sharma, Toni Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe and Prateik Babbar. It was the UK premiere of the film after it wowed the audience at Sundance Festival earlier this year and won the World Cinema Audience Award.

Umrika revolves around the lives of a humble family living in a small village in rural India. Udai, the eldest brother, decides to try his luck and embarks on a long journey to America, or “Umrika”, as locals pronounce it, where “anything is possible”. After a short time without any news, letters with detailed stories about this exotic land begin to arrive, filling the imaginations of the whole village and boosting an idealised version of the United States. The youngest brother Rama grows up with all this stories and believing his brother is living a
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Life after Pi: What happened to BAFTA-nominated star Suraj Sharma?

Life after Pi: What happened to BAFTA-nominated star Suraj Sharma?
Aged 17, Suraj Sharma was plucked from obscurity to play the central character in Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Piscine Molitor ″Pi″ Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, who is stranded at sea for 227 days on a boat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film went on to win four Oscars and Sharma was instantly propelled to global fame.

While he had no real plans to become an actor prior to bagging the life-changing role, Sharma was clearly bitten by the bug and subsequently went on to win roles in Million Dollar Arm and Homeland. Still only 22 he has enrolled on a filmmaking course at Nyu and he is now intent on making movies his career, either in front or behind the camera.

Sharma was in the UK to open the London Indian Film Festival with the screening of his most recent film Umrika. In the movie, the 22-year-old plays Ramakant,
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Special Report: 6th London Indian Film Festival Opening Night: Umrika

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So the day has come! The 6th edition of the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival has finally begun. And what a start! Cineworld Haymarket cinema, the venue for the occasion, received a host of celebrities including Konkona Sen Sharma, Vir Das, and the team of Umrika, director Prashant Nair, producer Swati Shetty and actors Suraj Sharma and Adil Hussain.

The evening culminated in the UK premiere of Umrika, followed by an exciting Q&A with the whole team conducted by “The Times” journalist Wendy Ide.

Umrika follows the steps of Rama in the search for his elder brother Udai, who left their small village to go to America. Sadly, migration is a huge issue nowadays and a central topic in many films, but Prashant Nair offers a different approach in his film. Son of a diplomat, he has lived in many places and has had the opportunity to know the stories of many immigrants.
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Hollywood, indie film, TV & Bollywood stars to hit the Red Carpet and Liff Opening Night Gala!

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London Indian Film Festival returns for its 6th year from 16 – 26 July with some of the most prestigious and thought-provoking new independent films from the Indian sub-continent.

The opening evening gala promises to be a star studded event that culminates in the premiere screening of Umrika, which stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, Million Dollar Arm and Homeland). The first night of this cool film festival takes place at the historic art deco Cineworld Haymarket Cinema.

Expected attendees are Hollywood, indie film, TV and Bollywood stars including star Suraj Sharma and director of Umrika Prashant Nair. Also there will be Adil Hussain who has been seen in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, English Vinglish (Bollywood), Life of Pi, and Tigers and Umrika.

The amazing Konkona Sen Sharma (Indian national award Page 3, Omkara, Life in a Metro), whose films Saari Raat & Gour Hari Dastaan both will be screened at Liff this year will at the gala event.
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London Indian 2015 Review: Umrika Looks At The Big City Dreams & Nightmares Of Small Town Boys

Set mostly in early '80s rural northern India, Prashant Nair's Umrika pulses with universally relatable warmth and emotion. The film is the story of a young man whose older brother leaves his modest hamlet on the way to better things in America (the Umrika of the title). When the older brother Udai turns out to have disappeared on the way, the younger brother Ramakant (Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma) tries to track him down while simultaneously writing letters home to his mother so that she won't worry. Revealing much more than these skeletal details would represent major spoilers, but allow me to assure you that it's a journey well worth taking.Prashant Nair's Sundance Audience Award winning drama is among the finest Indian independent dramas of the...

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Preview of the films at this years London Indian Film Festival

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The festival returns this month for its sixth edition. Every year Liff aims to bring audiences some of the very best new Indian independent cinema, which includes features, documentaries and short films by both acclaimed and emerging filmmakers. This year’s line up promises to leave you entertained, informed, thought provoking and even in some cases leaving a screen shocked.

We now present the films that will be screened at this prestigious festival

Umrika | Opening Night | UK Premiere | cert 12A

Hindi with English subtitles | 98 min | India 2015 | Dir. Prashant Nair | with: Suraj Sharma, Tony Revolori, Adil Hussain, Smita Tambe, Prateik Babbar.

This year’s Sundance Audience Award winner is an uplifting, rights of passage tale about two brothers from a small village who have dreams of making it big in Umrika (America). Udai (Pratiek Babbar) is the eldest and adored by his hard-working mum. He leaves their hamlet on a bullock
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Richard Gere to receive Karlovy Vary honour

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Richard Gere to receive Karlovy Vary honour
Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.

Us actor Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) during its 50th anniversary edition, which runs July 3-11.

Gere, star of American Gigalo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the festival in the Czech spa town.

Previous winners include Helen Mirren, John Travolta and last year’s recipient Mel Gibson.

This year’s Kviff will open with Time Out Of Mind, starring Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. The psychological drama follows a man seeking a way to reach his estranged daughter.

The festival will also screen Gere’s latest film, Andrew Renzi’s drama Franny, the story of a philanthropist who gets involved in the
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‘Umrika’ to Open London Indian Film Festival

‘Umrika’ to Open London Indian Film Festival
Sundance winner “Umrika” will open the London Indian Film Festival on July 16 accompanied by its star, Suraj Sharma.

A BFI master class by Indian director Mani Ratnam, fresh off his retrospective at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image, is on the schedule at the sixth edition of fest, which will be attended by Bollywood actresses Manisha Koirala and Konkona Sen Sharma.

“We’re hoping the film’s nostalgic portrayal of 1980s India, its themes and the many cross-cultural references will resonate with Liff’s audiences,” said “Umrika” writer-director Prashant Nair.

The festival also hosts the international premiere of Konkani-lingo “Nachom-ia Kumpasar,” the Indian National Award winner. The festival slate covers a gamut of Indian languages from Tamil hit “Kaaka Muttai” to “Tigers,” both of which will have their U.K. premieres. Award-winning fest faves such as “Dhanak,” “Court” and “Monsoon” will also unspool.

Fest closes July 23 with cricket documentary “Death of a Gentleman,
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London Indian Film Festival to open July 16th with Sundance winner Umrika

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Get ready the London Indian Film Festival is back to bring you the best of South Asian cinema that goes beyond Bollywood running from July 16th to the 23rd.

This year The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival kicks off with Sundance winner Umrika with the hard-hitting cricket documentary Death of a Gentleman to close festival.

Prashant Nair’s Umrika, winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), will be the opening night gala of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (July 16-23). The festival is now in its 6th edition and firmly established as Europe’s largest showcase for South Asian cinema. Nair’s debut film Delhi in a Day was a great success at the festival’s 2012 edition. Prashant Nair, writer/director of Umrika, said: “I’m so excited to hear that
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Canne '15: Beta Cinema’s 'Ghosthunters' & 'Umrika' Among Hot Sellers at Marché du Film

Beta Cinema’s International Market Premiere "Ghosthunters on Icy Trails" and Sundance Audience Award-winning "Umrika" lead the company’s sales at the Marché du Film in Cannes. Among the early buyers for the family entertainment feature "Ghosthunters on Icy Trails" were Eone (USA/Canada), Altitude Distribution (UK), Transmission (Australia/New Zealand), Notorious (Italy), Gulf Film (Middle East), New Guys (Israel), Medyavizyon (Turkey), Pratama Films (Malaysia/Indonesia/Singapore) and Blitz (former Yugoslavia).

Starring Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”) and Tony Revolori (“Dope”, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Prashant Nair’s Indian feature "Umrika" was sold to France (Arp Selection), German Speaking Territories (Ascot Elite), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta Films), South Korea (Focus Entertainment), Poland (Aurora Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film) and Israel (New Cinema).

Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Berlinale official selection entry "13 Minutes," nominated for seven German Film Awards, goes to Portugal (Outsider Films), Turkey (Fabula Films), Former Yugoslavia (Blitz), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Singapore (Lighthouse Pictures) and Hong Kong (First Distributors).

Berlinale competition entry and Romanian # 1-box-office hit "Aferim!" by Radu Jude was acquired by France (Eurozoom), Poland (Aurora Films), Hungary (Mozinet), Taiwan (Swallow Wings) and Former Yugoslavia (Discovery Film).

Giulio Ricciarelli’s "Labyrinth of Lies," which was released in France at the end of April and made more than 150.000 visitors within its first two weeks, was picked up by Aurora for Poland, Blitz for Former Yugoslavia and DDDream for China. In the family entertainment section, the Enid Blyton adaptation "The Famous Five 4" goes to Benelux (Just Films), "Bibi & Tina II" to Benelux (just4kids) and Turkey (Medyavizyon) and the animated feature "The Little Medic" to Turkey (Özen Film).
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Cannes: EOne Takes North American Rights to ‘Ghosthunters on Icy Trails’

EOne has taken North American rights to Beta Cinema’s family entertainment movie “Ghosthunters on Icy Trails,” which made its market premiere in Cannes.

Tobias Baumann’s film, which is based on Cornelia Funke’s novel, centers on a fearful 11-year-old boy who discovers a green ghost in his cellar.

Other buyers included Altitude Distribution (U.K.), Transmission (Australia/New Zealand), Notorious (Italy), Gulf Film (Middle East), New Guys (Israel), Medyavizyon (Turkey), Pratama Films (Malaysia/Indonesia/Singapore) and Blitz (former Yugoslavia).

Prashant Nair’s “Umrika,” which won the Sundance audience award, also racked up sales for Beta at the Cannes Market. The film, which stars Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”) and Tony Revolori (“Dope,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”), was sold to France (Arp Selection), German-speaking territories (Ascot Elite), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta Films), South Korea (Focus Entertainment), Poland (Aurora Films), Portugal (Outsider Films), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), the former Yugoslavia (Discovery
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India's Drishyam Films names Shiladitya Bora CEO

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India's Drishyam Films names Shiladitya Bora CEO
Production house behind Berlinale award-winner Rainbow (Dhanak) and Sundance winner Umrika.

Manish Mundra, producer of award winning films such as Aankho Dekhi, Umrika and Dhanak, has appointed Shiladitya Bora as the CEO of his production house Drishyam Films.

Bora previously ran indie release unit PVR Director’s Rare, during his stint with the PVR Group. He was instrumental in the theatrical release and distribution of more than 84 independent films such as Moonrise Kingdom, Amour, Inside Llewyn Davis and documentary Fire in the Blood.

Selected for the Berlinale Talents programme at the 2015 Berlinale, Bora had recently gone solo with pecialty distribution banner Long Live Cinema, responsible for bringing acclaimed films such as Court and documentaries including In Their Shoes to Indian screens.

The fast-growing production outfit has been behind award-winning festival films including Prashant Nair’s Umrika, which won an audience award at Sundance, and Nagesh Kukunoor’s Rainbow (Dhanak), which won the grand jury prize in Berlin
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