The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) celebrating its 14th year will kick off with the Opening Night Gala film: Anurag Kashyap’s UGLY, described as a sensational tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence that begins when a 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears. The festival will run May 5 to 10, 2014 in New York City.
We are thrilled to be opening this year’s New York Indian Film Festival with Anurag Kashyap new film UGLY,” said festival director Aseem Chhabra. “Anurag has been in the forefront of India’s growing indie film movement, always pushing the boundaries and inspiring the new generation of filmmakers. Personally I am a big fan of his films.”
In addition, actress and filmmaker Aparna Sen will close the festival with her latest work, GOYNAR BAKSHO. Sen began her career as an actress in Satyajit Ray’s 1961 masterpiece THREE DAUGHTERS (released as TWO DAUGHTERS in the US.)
In her latest work Sen provides a refreshing and vibrant take on acclaimed Bengali novelist Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s famous tale of three generations of women and their changing position in society, as seen in relation to an inherited box of jewels. The film features the talents of her daughter, Konkona Sen Sharma, who rose to fame in another Aparna Sen film, MR. AND MRS. IYER.
Actress and first time director Geethu Mohandas with showcase her film LIAR’S DICE as this year’s Centerpiece. LIAR’S DICE was in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at Sundance this January, and has been hailed by Variety as “an assured feature debut” and “quietly effective.” The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, whoembark on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband. It stars India’s leading indie film actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who was recently seen as the eager office worker in Ritesh Batra’s THE LUNCHBOX.
OPENING NIGHT GALA
New York Premiere
Director: Anurag Kashyap|
Cast: Rahul Bhatt, Abir Goswami, Sandesh Jhadev, Siddhant Kapoor
Logline: A terrible tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence starts when 10-year-old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.
|New York Premiere
Director: Geethu Mohandas
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta
Logline: The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village and her girl child Manya, who embarks on a journey leaving their native land in search for her missing husband.
Director: Aparna Sen
Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Moushumi Chatterjee, Saswata Chaterjee, Paran Banerjee
Logline: Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s famous tale of 3 generations of women & their changing position in society, seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next.