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4 items from 2015


Sundance Film Review: ‘Umrika’

27 January 2015 11:33 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taking a more serious and less busily contemporary path after his primarily comedic 2011 indie, “Delhi in a Day,” writer-director Prashant Nair’s sophomore feature, “Umrika,” is a straightforward, ingratiating drama that builds toward a satisfyingly expansive close. Chronicling a rural youth’s journey to the big, bad city to discover what really happened to his supposedly America-bound brother, the pic belies its potentially cliched themes with likable understatement. The lead presence of “Life of Pi” star Suraj Sharma (in his first Bollywood role) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” Tony Revolori should draw some interest beyond the usual home and expat auds for Indian cinema.

An entire mountain-farming village turns out to send off ambitious Udai (Prateik Babbar), who’s doing the unimaginable by starting on the long journey to the United States, an almost mythical place for this isolated community. When he fails to be heard from for months on end, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Sundance 2015 Answers #OscarsSoWhite, Gender Problems With Diverse Lineup

22 January 2015 9:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Festival resurges as launch pad for awards contenders while sales agents are prepared for healthy market

Those up in arms over Hollywood’s limited roles for women and minorities should be excited for the diversity of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday with no shortage of films that address the broad range of human experience, while renewing the festival as a key launch platform for awards season hopefuls.

For all the talk of work drying up for over-40 actresses, they’re well represented this year in Park City between “Lila & Eve” with Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis, “Strangerland »

- Jeff Sneider

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16 dos and don'ts of travel in the movies: Hostel, 127 Hours, Hitchhiker's Guide

16 January 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Do: check the instructions (Wild)

This month sees the release of Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir about her solo hike along the gruelling 1,000 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) certainly doesn't make it easy for herself, buying the wrong type of gas cylinder for her stove and thus being forced to subsist on a diet of "cold mush."

Don't: give up (Touching The Void)

Consider the obstacles that Joe Simpson faced during his calamitous attempt to climb Peruvian mountain Siula Grande: a broken leg; a fall into a crevasse; and zero hope of rescue after partner Simon Yates left him for dead. And yet, as recounted in classic documentary Touching The Void, Simpson gritted his teeth and dragged himself through hell to reach safety.

Do: stay calm (Life Of Pi)

Travel is unpredictable. One minute, like Indian teenager Pi (Suraj Sharma), you're emigrating to Canada aboard a freighter. »

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Beta to sell Sundance title Umrika

12 January 2015 4:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Indian drama stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

Beta Cinema is to handle international sales of 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 will receive its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan 24 and is the only Indian title in its World Cinema Dramatic Competition. North America sales will be handled by ICM Partners.

Umrika (Hindi for America) marks Nair second feature 2011’s Delhi in a Day and was taken through the Sundance Labs.

The Hindi-language film is produced by Swati Shetty and Manish Mundra.

Set in the mid-1980s, a small village in India 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 »

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

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