Bedabrata Pain’s Chittagong to open Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2012
The world premiere of Bedabrata Pain’s drama Chittagong featuring Manoj Bajpayee will open the 10th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film is set against the backdrop of 1930’s British-occupied Chittagong on the brink of a youth led revolution, and tells the story of 14-year-old Jhunka who comes of age as he is faced with the ultimate questions of sacrifice, love, and the quest for true freedom.
The award-winning film Patang by Prashant Bhargava will be the closing film of the festival. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its 2012 lineup comprising 33 features, documentaries, and short films.
The eight feature films to be screened at the festival include Salim Ahmed’s Abu, Son of Adam, Rajan Khosa’s Gattu, Karan Gour’s Kshay and Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni’s Deool.
Documentaries include the world premiere of Ruchika Muchhala and Faiza Khan’s look into Indian society with The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar and the US premiere of Raffaele Brunetti’s Mother India which intertwines four distinct stories about India’s booming fertility industry.
Two shorts programs consisting of 13 films will be screened. Short program 1 comprises Shor by Neeraj Ghaywan, The Real Millionaire by Piyush Thakur, Audacity by Anirban Roy, The 5 by Ravi Kapoor, Place for Landing by Shambhavi Kaul and Sujata by Shlok Sharma.
Short Program 2 comprises Afternoon by Shazia Shrivastava and Sharifa Roy, Mehfuz by Rohit Pandey, Ginger by Sahirr Sethhi, Naach Ganesh by Bikas Mishra and Prakata Het Yad by Milind Dhaimade.
As part of a 10th Anniversary Retrospective, the festival will screen past Jury Award winners for Best Narrative Feature Udaan (2011) and Black Friday (2005) as well as Audience Choice Award winner for Best Feature Loins of Punjab Presents (2008). Bollywood by Night sidebar will screen Agent Vinod directed by Sriram Raghavan and Abhinay Deo’s Delhi Belly.
The 10th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 10-15 at ArcLight Hollywood.