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Trailer Watch: History Is Made in Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House”

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“I am to be the last Viceroy of India and I shall carry out the role with great pride,” says Lord Louis Montbatten (Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”) in a new trailer for Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House.” But Montbatten doesn’t think his historic post will be easy or straightforward, and admits that “new nations are rarely born in peace.”

“Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For six months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people,” the film’s official synopsis details. Set in 1947, “Viceroy’s House” “unfolds within that great house. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh servants. As the political elite — Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi — converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.”

The action-packed trailer shows some of that conflict, and alludes to tensions between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims. “Whatever their differences are, all Indians have one thing in common: they can’t wait to get rid of us,” Montbatten says.

It’s not all political drama, though. “Viceroy’s” House” also features a plot about star-crossed lovers, a Hindu servant (Manish Dayal, “Halt and Catch Fire”) and a Muslim woman (Huma Qureishi, “Gangs of Wasseypur”).

Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.

Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained.

“Viceroy’s House” hits VOD and theaters September 1. Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges penned the script. Gillian Anderson (“The Fall”) co-stars.

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Netflix Buys Drake Doremus’ ‘Newness,’ Gravitas Picks Up ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse
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IFC Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’

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IFC Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Viceroy’s House,” a film about India’s transition to independence in 1947 directed by “Bend it Like Beckham’s” Gurinder Chadha. The movie is set for an early September release. “Viceroy’s House” stars Hugh Bonneville as British Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his wife, Edwina, who were sent to New Delhi to oversee India’s move from British rule to independence. The film also features Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri. Chadha wrote the script along with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini. The film was produced by Chadha,
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IFC Films acquires 'Viceroy’s House'

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Pathe International represents international sales on Hugh Bonneville starrer.

IFC Films has acquired Us rights to Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House.

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson star alongside Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puri.

Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini co-wrote Viceroy’s House, which takes place at the birth of modern India in 1947 as Lord Mountbatten is dispatched with his wife to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence.

Taking his place in the resplendent titular mansion, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transition. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by religion and culture proves challenging, setting off a struggle that threatens to tear India apart.

Chadha, Berges and Deepak Nayak served as producers and Cameron McCracken, Shibasish Sarkar, Christine Langan, Natascha Wharton and Tim O’Shea served as executive producers.

IFC Films plans a September release.

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Hugh Bonneville-Gillian Anderson’s ‘Viceroy’s House’ Lands at IFC

Hugh Bonneville-Gillian Anderson’s ‘Viceroy’s House’ Lands at IFC
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gurinder Chadha’s historical drama “Viceroy's House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.

Icf is planning a release in early September. “Viceroys’ House” premiered in February out of competition at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Bonneville portrays Lord Mountbatten and Anderson plays his wife Edwina in a story set in 1947 as Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power from British colonial rule to Indian self-governance. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart.

Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Simon Callow and Om Puriare also star. The script was written by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moria Buffini.

The film was produced by Chadha, Berges and Deepak Nayak. Executive producers are Cameron McCracken, Shibasish Sarkar,
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Cannes Update: Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House” Gets U.S. Distribution

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“Viceroy’s House” has found a U.S. home. IFC acquired the U.S. rights to the period drama from “Bend It Like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha at the Cannes market, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The film is currently playing in the UK, but no word on a U.S. release date yet.

Written by Moira Buffini (“Harlots”) and frequent Chadha collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges, “Viceroy’s House” is set during the 1947 Partition — when India’s independence led to the bloody division of its territory. “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville portrays the viceroy, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and Gillian Anderson (“The Fall,” “The X-Files”) plays his wife, Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” franchise), Simon Callow (“Outlander”), Manish Dayal (“Halt and Catch Fire”), Huma Qureshi (“Jolly Llb 2”), and Om Puri (“The Hundred-Foot Journey”) round out the rest of the cast. The film made its world premiere at the Berlinale in February.

Bhaji on the Beach,” “Bride & Prejudice,” and “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging” are among Chadha’s directing credits. Next, she will helm the WWII-set “Song for a Spy.” Penned by Farrukh Dhondy (“Exitz”), the film is set in France and Germany and centers on a female Indian spy.

Chadha is also developing projects for TV via her production company, Bend It TV. She has said she is interested in “great content that is effortlessly diverse” — no matter the medium. “My brand has always had a global reach and represents British storytelling, but from a diverse perspective,” she explained. Chadha recently donated her entire working archive to the British Film Institute’s National Archive.

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Viceroy’s House movie review: are we condemned to repeat this?

MaryAnn’s quick take… Snappy, snappish historical drama about the partition of India rings with sly humor, dry cynicism, and a smack of relevance for today’s divisive politics. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 1947, Lord Louis “Dickie” Mountbatten, cousin to King George VI, was sent to India as its last viceroy, to rule in George’s stead — he was Emperor of India, of course — and to facilitate that nation’s transition to independence. And as depicted in Viceroy’s House, Gurinder Chadha’s snappy and later snappish drama about the handover, Mountbatten is initially a rather cheery midwife to the end of the British Empire. Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, The Monuments Men) brings a certain bonhomie to a man described as someone who “could charm a vulture off a corpse,” and Dickie and his wife,
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Movie Review – Viceroy’s House (2017)

Viceroy’s House, 2017.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Michael Gambon, Huma Qureshi, Lily Travers, Simon Callow, and Om Puri.

Synopsis:

Lord Mountbatten, as the last appointed Viceroy of India in 1947, is tasked with handing the country back to its people after 300 years of British imperial rule. His and his family’s hopes for a smooth transition come under immense pressure as the traumatic reality of Partition becomes apparent.

Viceroy’s House is, at heart, a well-meaning and carefully balanced film about a particularly bloody chapter of India and Pakistan’s shared history – Partition. Director and screenwriter Gurinder Chadha, alongside her co-writers Moira Buffini and frequent collaborator Paul Mayeda Berges, has taken great pains to ensure a largely sympathetic re-telling of all sides of this history, but perhaps sacrifices some of the film’s bite in the process. It is, however, still an engaging and visually stunning piece of cinema.
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Berlinale: ‘Viceroy’s House’ Is Personal and Political Says Gurinder Chadha

Berlinale: ‘Viceroy’s House’ Is Personal and Political Says Gurinder Chadha
Contemporary politics came to the fore once again at the Berlin Film Festival. This time it concerned “Viceroy’s House,” Gurinder Chadha’s period piece about turbulent events at the time that India separated from the British Empire.

While the end of end of empire is clearly large canvas stuff, Chadha chose not only to set the film in a microcosm – the ridiculously opulent palace inhabited by the Viceroy of India and 500 servants – she also pitched it as a personal project.

Chadha was born in East Africa of Punjabi parents and grew up in the U.K. where hostile locals told her to go home. “But my homeland was now in Pakistan,” she said. She refused to call it anything other than “pre-partition India,” until a research trip took her to the Punjab and her family’s ancestral home, where five refugee families had taken up residence.

“Now we are
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Viceroy’s House review [Berlinale]: Dir. Gurinder Chadha (2017)

Viceroy’s House review: Gurinder Chadha co-writes and directs this massively intimate and indeed epic story at the time of partition and independence in 1947 India.

Viceroy’s House review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Viceroy’s House review

Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging director Gurinder Chadha brings Viceroy’s House, her most personal and ambitious project to cinema screens, a film debuting out-of-competition at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it receives its world premiere.

The film is the true story of the 1947 handing over of power in India from the British Empire back to its people after three centuries of rule. Hugh Bonneville assumes the role of the last Viceroy of India, and indeed Queen Victoria’s great-grandson Lord Mountbatten, the man tasked with overseeing the transition. The motion picture, which is huge in scale, focusses its attention on the Partition of
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Viceroy’s House’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Viceroy’s House’
To begin at the very end, the closing credits of “Viceroy’s House” bear a detailed dedication to a woman who survived the devastating upheaval of the 1947 Partition of India, was forced to trek a vast distance from her home to the newly founded Muslim republic of Pakistan, and was finally reunited with her eventual husband in a refugee camp. The woman in question, it turns out, is director Gurinder Chadha’s grandmother, and her story is evidently a remarkable one — so one can’t help but wish that Chadha had elected to tell it directly in this stiff historical dramatization of events leading to the Partition. Instead, “Viceroy’s House” clumsily merges a waxworks biographical study of Lord Louis and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, the last Viceroy and Vicereine appointed to oversee the British handover of India, with a passionless Romeo-and-Juliet romance between two of their servants caught in the fray.
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Viceroy's House review – soapy account of India's birth agonies

Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson play the Mountbattens in Gurinder Chadha cheekily Downtonised but watchable version of history

Our time frame for leaving won’t work!” exclaims Lady Mountbatten, for a moment overwhelmed by the task of quitting India in 1947. Something familiar about that? As well as an enjoyably soapy and cheekily Downtonised view of history, director Gurinder Chadha could be offering a satirical stab at what Indexit meant to a country about to split into two as a punitive condition of liberty; maybe the UK will also have to contemplate partition of its own, north and south. With co-screenwriters Moira Buffini and Paul Mayeda Berges, Chadha creates a watchable costume drama from India’s birth agonies. And with its streak of subversive humour, it even reminded me weirdly of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon, about the division of Ireland.

Hugh Bonneville plays Mountbatten of Burma, brought in to oversee the
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New clip from Berlin debuter Viceroy’s House

Pathe have debuted a brand new clip from the upcoming drama epic Viceroy’s House, which receives its world premiere in Berlin on Sunday 12th February.

The film tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Fall) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (Kingsman) as their daughter, Pamela; and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Quartet) and Simon Callow (A Room With A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as key civil servants.

The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (The Hundred Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey, East Is East). The roles of the principal
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Viceroy’s House World Premiere at 67th Berlin International Film Festival

Viceroy’s House by BAFTA nominated director Gurinder Chadha will celebrate its World Premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday 12th February 2017.

Gurinder Chadha, director of Viceroy’S House, said: “I am honoured that Viceroy’S House has been selected by the Berlin Film Festival. My film is an inspirational intensely personal true story about the traumatic events that took place at the end of the British Empire in India, events that tore my own family apart. The Festival gives us a brilliant opportunity to showcase my passion project to a global audience.”

Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’S House will be released in cinemas by Pathe in the UK and by Reliance Entertainment in India on 3rd March 2017.

The film tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.
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‘Viceroy’s House’ Trailer: Gillian Anderson Embodies Countess Mountbatten in Indian Independence Drama

‘Viceroy’s House’ Trailer: Gillian Anderson Embodies Countess Mountbatten in Indian Independence Drama
The story of the final days of the British Empire in India is making its way to theaters this March in “Viceroy’s House.” Based on a true story, the film is directed by Gurinder Chadha and stars Gillian Anderson as Lady Mountbatten and Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten. The first trailer was released by Pathe, which you can check out below.

Set in Viceroy’s House in Delhi, the home of British rulers of India, the film is deeply personal to Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. The story follows Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville), great grandson of Queen Victoria, who for six month in 1947 assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. His family lived upstairs, while downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants.

Per the synopsis, “As the political elite – Nehru,
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First Look: Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’S House

Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House will be released in UK cinemas on 3rd March 2017. The film tells the true story of the final months of the British Rule in India and its release will coincide with the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan.

The British cast is led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, The Fall) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten; Lily Travers (Kingsman) as their daughter, Pamela; and Sir Michael Gambon (Harry Potter, Quartet) and Simon Callow (A Room With A View, Four Weddings and a Funeral) as key civil servants.

The Indian and Pakistani cast is led by Manish Dayal (The Hundred Foot Journey), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and Om Puri (The Hundred Foot Journey, East Is East). The roles of the principal political leaders are played by Tanveer Ghani (Nehru), Denzil Smith
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Pathe reveals Afm sales of 'Viceroy’s House'

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Period drama stars Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and The X FilesGillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

Pathé International has revealed a raft of sales on Viceroy’s House secured at the American Film Market (Afm) (Nov 4-11).

The period drama has sold to Australia/Nz (Transmission), Germany (Tobis), Greece (Feelgood), Italy (Cinema), Latin America (Gussi), Malaysia (Suraya), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Nos), Scandinavia (Nordisk) and Singapore (Shaw).

Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and Reliance Entertainment will distribute the film in India.

The film is in postproduction and scheduled for completion in May 2016

Viceroy’s House is directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) from a screenplay by Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The film was shot in Jodhpur, India.

The British cast are led by Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) as Lord Mountbatten; Gillian Anderson (The X Files, House of Mirth) as his wife, Lady Mountbatten
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International Distributors Crowd In To ‘Viceroy’s House’

Starry India-set period piece “Viceroy’s House” will receive a wide international release after numerous distributors acquired rights at the recent American Film Market.

The film, which is now in post-production and is directed by Gurinder Chadha, stars Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Simon Callow, Lily Travers and Michael Gambon. The Indian and Pakistani cast includes Manish Dayal (“The Hundred Foot Journey”,) Huma Qureshi (“Gangs of Wasseypur”,) Om Puri, Tanveer Ghani (Nehru,) Denzil Smith (“Jinnah”,) and Neeraj Kabi (“Gandhi”.)

Handling international sales, Pathe International inked deals with Transmission Films for (Australia/New Zealand), Tobis (Germany), Feelgood (Greece), Suraya (Malaysia), Gulf Films (Middle East), Cinema Films (Italy), Gussi (Latin America), Nos (Portugal), , Nordisk (Scandinavia), and Shaw (Singapore).

The film is a Pathé, Reliance Entertainment, BBC Films, Ingenious and BFI presentation of a Bend It Films/Deepak Nayar Production in association with the FilmVast and Filmgate Films.

Pathe will distribute the film in the U.
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Hugh Bonneville Enters Viceroy's House

Hugh Bonneville Enters Viceroy's House
Making the journey from Downton to Delhi, Hugh Bonneville is set to star as Lord Mountbatten in the historical drama Viceroy's House. Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride And Prejudice) is directing, with Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Lily Travers, Neeraj Kabi, Denzil Smith and Om Puri among the rest of the considerable cast.The film deals with the six months in 1947 during which Mountbatten assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people as Britain relinquished its colonial hold. "Mountbatten lived upstairs [at the Viceroy's house in Delhi] together with his wife and daughter," reads the press release. "Downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. Against this turbulent backdrop, the personal and the political became deeply entwined and a decision was made that reverberates to this day."Chadha co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini (Tamara Drew, Byzantium). Chadha and Berges are also producing along with Deepak Nayar.
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Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’ Starts Shoot in India

Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Viceroy’s House’ Starts Shoot in India
Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson have started production in Jodhpur, India on director Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy’s House.” The “Downton Abbey” and “Hannibal” stars play Lord and Lady Mountbatten in the film which will shoot in Jodhpur for eight weeks after commencing on Sunday (Aug. 30).

Set in 1947 it sees Bonneville’s Lord Mountbatten assuming the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rules of India, while 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants live downstairs. Against this turbulent backdrop, the personal and political become deeply entwined and a decision was taken that continues to reverberate through history.

Chadha directs from a script written in collaboration with Paul Mayeda Berges and Moira Buffini. The cast also includes Lily Travers, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow, while the Indian and Pakistani cast are led by Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi,
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