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10 items from 2014


Liar’s Dice to open Chicago South Asian Film Fest, Ankhon Dekhi to close

8 September 2014 11:33 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival, to be held between September 18th and 21st, will open with Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice. The film has Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Geetanjali Thapa in lead roles and was screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout will be the centerpiece film of the festival. Agneya Singh’s  M Cream will be screened as the Friday night feature. Rajat Kapoor’s Ankhon Dekhi  will close the Festival on Sunday evening.

 

Here is the complete lineup of the festival:

 

A Boy Called Boris (Director: Ashok Vish): World Premiere; Short Film; United States; Max Kolby, Brian Gildea, Jose Amor

Algorithms (Director: Ian McDonald): U.S. Premiere; Documentary; India

Ankhon Dekhi (Director: Rajat Kapoor): Chicago Premiere; Feature; India; Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa

Are You Listening! – Shunte Ki Pao! (Director: Kamar Ahmad Simon): U.S. Premiere »

- NewsDesk

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BBC Unveil New Slate Ahead of Cannes Film Festival

14 May 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Though today marks the opening of Cannes, it’s one of the features that’s closing the festival which has since piqued our interests, as HeyUGuys were fortunate enough to be at a special event hosted by the BBC, where they unveiled their new slate, with poignant drama Pride set to close the director’s fortnight at the prestigious, annual film festival.

That’s not all the BBC wanted to discuss, as Christine Langan, the Head of BBC Films, was thrilled to announce that they will be collaborating once more with Alan Bennett, reuniting the team behind The History Boys to bring us The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings.

Langan commented, “Our ambition is to be a creative hub enabling exciting British filmmakers to tell their stories. From Pride at Cannes through to today announcing The Lady in The Van with Alan Bennett, BBC Films »

- Stefan Pape

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BBC Films Unveils Lavish Film Slate Ahead of Cannes

9 May 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Before closing Cannes Directors' Fortnight with Matthew Warchus' "Pride," about gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher and starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming roster of star-studded films. BBC Films will continue their collaboration with playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett on the adaptation of his celebrated memoir "The Lady in the Van." This will reunite BBC Films with Bennett, Oscar-nominated in 1995 for "The Madness of King George," for the first time as a writer since "History Boys" in 2006. Starring Alex Jennings (as Bennett), "Lady" is based on his experiences with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a vagrant who lived in his driveway for 15 years, and it's directed by Nicholas Hytner. Director Pete Travis' "City of Tiny Lights" will also be produced by BBC Films. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, and written by Patrick Neate from his own novel, the »

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BBC Films Boards Alan Bennett Memoir ‘The Lady in the Van’

9 May 2014 6:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — BBC Films has boarded “The Lady in the Van,” which reunites the team behind “The History Boys.” The pic, which is an adaptation of playwright Alan Bennett’s memoir, will be directed by Nicholas Hytner. Producers are Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Hytner.

Pic stars Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, who plays Bennett. It is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her decrepit van outside his house and stayed for 15 years.

BBC Films also has revealed that it will be producing “City of Tiny Lights” with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto. Starring Riz Ahmed and Roshan Seth, the film will be directed by Pete Travis, and adapted by Patrick Neate from his novel of the same name.

Ahmed will play cynical London private eye Tommy Akhtar, hired by Melody Chase (Cush Jumbo) to find her missing friend. His journey to uncover the truth leads him »

- Leo Barraclough

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BBC Films to adapt Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van

9 May 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New feature, starring Maggie Smith, will reunite the team behind The History Boys. BBC Films to also produce crime drama City of Tiny Lights starring Riz Ahmed.

BBC Films has unveiled its upcoming slate ahead of Cannes, which highlights its ongoing strategy to develop new talent and bolster existing relationships with filmmakers. 

The slate is headlined by The Lady In The Van, an adaptation of the memoir of playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett.

Reuniting the team behind The History Boys, BBC Films and Bennett will be joined by Nicholas Hytner who will direct. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones and Nicholas Hytner will produce. 

Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings as Bennett, The Lady In The Van is based on Bennett’s experiences with Miss Shepherd, a vagrant who parked her clapped out old dormobile in his drive and stayed for 15 years.

BBC Films also revealed that they will be producing City of Tiny Lights with Ado Yoshizaki Cassuto »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Nyiff Annouces Award Nominees!

7 May 2014 7:04 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The nominations for 14th New York Indian Film Festival Awards have been announced! The festival is widely recognized as the oldest, most prestigious Indian film festival in the United States, showcasing some of the greatest talents working in the diaspora. Nyiff boasts five days of premiere screenings of feature, documentary & short films, industry panels, special events, retrospectives, red carpet galas,and an award ceremony to round out the festival. Celebrating its 14th year, Nyiff will run May 5 to 10 at a variety of prestigious New York City venues, including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to take place. Nyiff is dedicated to showcasing, promoting and building an awareness of Independent, art house, alternate and diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent. Their mission is to encourage filmmakers to tell their stories, to educate North America about them and their talent and »

- Stacey Yount

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New York Indian Film Festival unveils nominations

5 May 2014 2:19 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

A Still from Liar’s Dice

The 14th New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced nominations today in various categories of awards. The festival will be held from May 5 to 10 and will screen 23 narrative features and 11 documentaries.

In the Best Feature Film category; Astu, Fandry, Goynar Baksho, Liar’s Dice and Ugly will vie for the award while Anurag Kashyap, Aparna Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Gajendra Ahire and Nagraj Manjule will compete for the Best Director award.

Full List of nominations:

Best Short

Bar Stools Blouse The Corner Table Give Into the Night Nightlife

Best Documentary

An American in Madras Gulabi Gang Rangbhoomi The Auction House The Unseen Sequence

Best Screenplay

Apur Panchali As The River Flows Shesher Kobita  Virgin Talkies Zinda Bhaag

Best Actor

Mohan Agashe, Astu Naseeruddin Shah, The Coffin Maker Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Liar’s Dice Rahul Bhat, Ugly Roshan Seth, Brahmin Bulls

Best Actress

Anjali Patil, With You, »

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Julie Walters cast in Channel 4's Indian Summers drama

29 April 2014 5:33 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Julie Walters has been cast in Channel 4's upcoming drama Indian Summers.

The comic actress is one of several casting announcements for the 10-part period drama, the channel confirmed today.

Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Inbetweeners), Jemima West (The Mortal Instruments) and Nikesh Patel (Bedlam) have also joined the cast.

Roshan Seth (A Passage to India), Lillete Dubey (Monsoon Wedding), Alexander Cobb (Mr Selfridge), Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty), Fiona Glascott (Episodes), Amber Rose Revah (What Remains), Aysha Kala (Shameless), Olivia Grant (Legacy) and Edward Hogg (The Borgias) complete the cast.

Indian Summers will be set in 1932, in the backdrop of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India. It will follow the decline of the British Empire and the beginnings of modern India, told from both sides.

Filming will begin in the summer, to be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2015.

Channel 4 said in a statement: "As Indian Summers begins, »

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Check out the full lineup to be showcased at the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival

9 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The New York Indian Film Festival (Nyiff) announced the full lineup last night for their 14th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, and Diaspora films from/about/connected to the Indian subcontinent (May 5 – 10) at the SoHo Tiffin Junction. Dedicated to bringing these films to a New York audience, the festival will feature 34 screenings (23 narrative, 11 documentary) –all seen for the first time in New York City.

The festival highlights various cinemas of India’s different regions – Marathi, Bengali and two films from the Northeast. In addition the festival covers cinemas from the neighboring South Asian countries – four films by Pakistani filmmakers, two from Sri Lanka – a feature and a documentary, and one from Nepal.

The festival’s Marathi films include Postcard and multiple-award winning films Astu and Fandry. Directed by Nagraj Manjule, Fandry received rave reviews in India, winning the grand jury prize at the Mumbai Film Festival in October »

- Press Releases

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles to showcase Bombay Talkies, Ugly and More

20 March 2014 8:21 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

From April 8th to the 11th, Indian films will once again be showcased in the Us at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla). In its 12th year, Iffla boasts an incredible lineup of fabulous films that reflects the rich diversity of Indian cinema. Iffla’s Artistic Director Jasmine Jaisinghani says, “I’m thrilled and proud that Iffla’s line-up this year includes an especially diverse range of cinematic experiences, covering many regions of India and the diaspora.”

Iffla 2014 presents 33 films that include feature films, documentaries and shorts. The festival will have three world premieres, six North American premieres, six U.S. premieres, and 16 Los Angeles premieres. The films feature 10 different languages, from Hindi to Marathi, to Russian to Bengali. Additionally, Iffla supports American, Australian, British, Canadian, and European diaspora filmmakers from nine different countries telling their stories.

Bollywood will be well represented with three outstanding films all showing during the festival’s run. »

- Stacey Yount

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