12 items from 2014
Madrid – In a coup for the fast-growing Mexican Festival, November’s third Los Cabos Festival will host the North American premiere of “Words With Gods.”
The first part of a four-feature project, “Heartbeat of the World” and a one-of-a kind for the Mexican film industry, “Heartbeat” links director-screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“The Burning Plain”), who originated the concept for “Heartbeat,” and Alex Garcia, the L.A.-based prexy of Ag Studios, who produces with Argentina’s Lucas Akoskin and Arriaga.
Screening Nov. 14, “Words With Gods” will comprise the centerpiece gala screening of the festival, which runs Nov. 12-16. At the gala, Arriaga will receive Los Cabos’ Mexican Tribute award, fest director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo told Variety, confirming Los Cabos has been chasing the film for a year.
While Arriaga and Garcia are driving forces behind “Words With Gods,” an omnibus feature of nine short films, its directors could hardly be more far-ranging »
- John Hopewell
The Bollywood cover song is increasingly on the rise with artists such as Arjun, Aakash Gandhi and Shankar Tucker being recognised for their unique beats and takes on Bollywood songs.
A cover can breathe refreshingly new life into an original,or it can sometimes simply, just not live up to the original.
We at BollySpice are intrigued by the Bollywood cover song and are keen to get to know what goes into making a cover song unique, powerful and extraordinarily unforgettable.
We had the opportunity to explore these questions with the help of Ashanti Omkar: Insight of Cineworld Cinemas and BBC London/Wm Indian cinema expert.
We also question Ashanti Omkar on her personal favourite cover of all time, what song she would like to see particularly made into a cover and more!
Firstly, we present our interview with Ashanti Omkar followed by Team BollySpice’s favourite cover versions!
- Aashi Gahlot
Here’s something exciting! Ritesh Batra’s much-loved directorial debut The Lunchbox continues to eat away at the American ticket counters. The one-of-a-kind romance starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, which has received glowing reviews from all quarters, has turned out to be a giant at the Us box office, finding pride of place in the list of Top 5 highest grossing Indian movies of all time.
Collecting more than $4 million, and still counting, The Lunchbox just went past the collections of My Name Is Khan at the American box office. It sits alongside such starry commercial biggies like Chennai Express, 3 Idiots and Dhoom:3 in the top 5 Indian earners list. Monsoon Wedding still continues to be on the top of the charts.
This performance by The Lunchbox not only in the Us but also in other foreign territories is also a big victory for the sustained efforts by the film’s »
- Stacey Yount
The comic actress is one of several casting announcements for the 10-part period drama, the channel confirmed today.
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, »
Hard-hitting feature Sold will have its red carpet European Premiere at the opening of the Fifth annual London Indian Film Festival (10 – 17 July). Based on the bestselling novel Sold by Patricia McCormick, the film is a powerful drama based on real life events, and tells of a young Nepali girl’s struggle for survival after being sold into prostitution in Kolkata, and an American photographer (Gillian Anderson), who, against the odds, attempts to rescue her and other young women. The X Files and The Fall star Gillian Anderson is expected to participate in a Q&A in London at the film’s opening night amongst other talent.
Director Jeffrey D. Brown, Executive Producer Emma Thompson and Producer Jane Charles have worked tirelessly to bring this film to the screen researching every aspect of the story in depth with charities which deal directly with child trafficking in India including: Apne Aap, New Light, »
- Stacey Yount
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
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
The Indo-American Arts Council (Iaac) continues its annual tradition with its signature program of the year and announced that the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, the oldest and most prestigious film festival for Indian cinema in North America, will be held May 5 – May 10, 2014 in New York City. Nyiff will kick off its six day long festivities with a star-studded Opening Night red carpet premiere, which will take place at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Festival screenings, centerpiece, retrospectives and special events will take place throughout the week at the Village East Cinemas (2nd Ave @12th St NYC), with the Closing Night selection to be followed by the annual awards ceremony and after-party at Skirball Center for Performing Arts. Final film selections will be announced by early April with tickets going on sale on April 15.
This year’s festival will feature a Spotlight on British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha »
- Stacey Yount
"Approaching people for work has not worked for me. People who came to me with work has worked," Randeep told reporters during a group interview.
However, Randeep, who started acting with internationally acclaimed film "Monsoon Wedding", has been appreciated for his work in "D", "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai", "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster" and "Jannat 2".
- Leon David
After an outstanding film in Rockstar, Imtiaz Ali writes, produces and directs his latest feature film, Highway. Fifteen years since he first conceptualised the story, he finally got to make it in the past year. The film, a road trip movie, is largely unscripted and features newbie Alia Bhatt and the not so new, but also not so big, Randeep Hooda, in principal roles. Does Highway live up to the gigantum expectations which follow Rockstar? Does Imtiaz’s fifteen year old vision pay off? Read on to find out…
The story in a nutshell: rich city girl Veera (Alia Bhatt) on the eve of her marriage, is abducted by a group of thieves, whilst out for a midnight drive with her finance. She is driven across different states and landscapes by her captors, headed up by a ferocious and unrelenting Mahabir (Randeep Hooda). During the course of her captivity, the »
- Anjum Shabbir
New Delhi, Feb 4: She might not have joined the list of stars garnering gold at the box office or those whose glitzy appearances drive the audiences crazy, but actress Tillotama Shome feels privileged to be a part of some wonderful films in not only India but abroad too.
The actress said that she was not yet "satisfied" but was not "restless" for success as well.
"I am never satisfied but I am not restless either because I have been gifted some life altering films...I want. »
- Smith Cox
The exhilarating “Dedh Ishqiya” is the young writer-director Abhishek Chaubey’s worthy sequel to one of the sharpest Bollywood comedies of recent years. In contrast to the usual clobbering slapstick, Chaubey’s 2010 “Ishqiya” was more like a droll mid-period Elmore Leonard tale transplanted to India. The gloriously gifted comic actors Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi were a squabbling uncle-and-nephew team of only moderately gifted thieves, handed a sobering lesson in the realities of life and love by a seductive widow (Vidya Balan). This second installment is less astringent. In fact, it has the structure of a fairy tale, the kind in which suitors from across a kingdom vie for the hand of a princess in marriage.
The first film’s view of romance was not so much cynical as deeply wised up. All three characters had a hard time saying no, and after some turmoil they came to accept this about themselves, »
- David Chute
12 items from 2014
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