Debutant director Ritesh Batra will compete in the official competition section of this year’s London Film Festival with his debut movie “The Lunchbox”. The movie stars Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
This talented fresher has done a fabulous job. “The Lunchbox” is the only Indian film to make it to the 13-film shortlist at the fest. The movie also has the critics week viewers choice award from the 66th Cannes film festival.
The movie, which is described as India’s hottest indie film of the year is actually a joint production of Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap and is based on the Mumbai’s dabbawalla delivery service.
‘The Lunchbox’ has tough competitors against it. Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien; Parkland, Peter Landesman’s film about events in Dallas, Texas on the day former US President John F Kennedy was assassinated; and “Starred Up” from British director David Mackenzie makes the cometition tougher for this Indian movie.
This year’s line-up of 234 feature films from across 74 countries include Indian movis such as Jeevan Smriti, Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s last complete feature before his sudden death in May. It is a docu-drama around Rituparno’s admiration for legendary poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore.
Director Richie Mehta’s Indo-Canadian production ‘Siddharth’ and Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa have been selected in the Journey category for this year. An Indian village also forms the backdrop of Bhutanese director Khyentse Norbu’s Vara: A Blessing, featuring Shahana Goswami in the lead. It is based on Indian poet and novelist Sunil Gangppadhyaya’s short story and is dedicated to Satyajit Ray’s classic ‘Charulata’.
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is a movie by directors Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran based on real events. It draws from years of dialogue and friendship between sailors travelling across the Arabian Sea from the Gulf of Kutch between India and Pakistan to the Persian Gulf.
The British Film Institute’s London Film Festival 2013 will begin from October 9th till 20th and will be opened by Hollywood actor Tom Hanks with a gala screening of his film.
16 international premieres and 29 European premieres will be hosted in this festival. There will also be screenings of 134 animated shorts.