The lineup is complete for Beyond Bollywood: The 14th Annual South Asian Film Festival, coming to Enzian September 27 – 29. A joint production of Enzian and the Asian Cultural Association, this year’s schedule is a formidable one, with two Southeast premieres, award-winning festival favorites, and appearances by attending filmmakers on Saturday and Sunday. Look for culinary treats and beverages as well (mmmm…ice cold Kingfisher beer).
First (and last) up will be Richie Mehta’s AMAL, the touching and humorous tale of a humble New Delhi auto-rickshaw driver whose life may be drastically changed as a result of one of his passengers. Co-starring renowned actors Naseerudin Shah and Roshan Seth, the film recently won Best Narrative Feature at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.
Next is a powerful drama set in 1950’s South Africa, where apartheid is just beginning and two women (Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray) form a relationship that will change their lives forever. THE WORLD UNSEEN was an official selection of both the Toronto and London Film Festivals. It will be preceded by a short work that’s a reflection on the irony of idol worship, HUNGRY GOD. Orlando-based filmmaker Sukhu Gokhale will be present for Q&A.
Sunday morning brings Chris Smith’s Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, THE POOL. Co-starring Indian cinema legend Nana Patekar, this poignant gem of a film focuses on a young man working at one of Goa’s budget hotels who dreams of bettering himself while getting involved with a wealthy man and his teenage daughter. And the afternoon will feature THE SKY BELOW, Sarah Singh’s beautifully shot and insightful documentary about the 1947 Partition in India and its longterm affects on the people of both India and Pakistan. Sarah will be in attendance for what promises to be quite a provocative Q&A.
Further info on these titles and tickets and passes can be found on the Enzian website at www.enzian.org Be sure to add this very special event to your cultural calendar.