Spotlight Section screens important films from festival circuit from all over the world. “Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love”, says the Sundance official annoucement.
The Lunchbox featuring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Grand Rail d’Or , an audience award at the International Critics’ Week of Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Batra’s project‘The Story of Ram’ was at the Sundance Institute Screenwriters and Directors Labs in 2009. He was also named the Sundance Time Warner Storytelling Fellow and an Annenberg Fellow for the same project.
Other films in spotlight include: Blue Ruin (Director: Jeremy Saulnier), The Double (Director: Richard Ayoade), Ida (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski), Locke (Director and screenwriter: Steven Knight), Only Lovers Left Alive (Director and screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch), R100 (Director and screenwriter: Hitoshi Matsumoto) and Stranger by the Lake (Director and screenwriter: Alain Guiraudie)