Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018

Eros International, Colour Yellow Productions and Drishyam’s latest release Newton featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role was named as India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film category. The film received accolades at various international film festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, among others earlier this year.

The coming-of-age satire directed by Amit Masurkar has impressed several critics and B-town influencers who couldn’t stop raving about the poignant film, brilliant subject and superlative performances by the cast including Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Sanjay Mishra and Anjali Patil among others.

Rajkummar took to his social networking site to share the big news and congratulated the entire team of Newton. He wrote, “It’s amazing! Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind. It’s a simple, honest story and it’s resonating with everyone. The response that we have been getting from the critics also is huge. I really hope this translates on to the box office as well. Now, more number of people would be interested in watching Newton!”

Sunil Lulla, Managing Director, Eros International Media Ltd says, “It gives us immense pleasure that Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. We at Eros are extremely proud as this film is totally deserving of this huge honour and we will continue to back good cinema as always.” Continue reading “Newton:India’s official pick for Oscars 2018”

Reelworld’s Emerging 20: Spotlight on Diverse Talent

The E20 Program is Reelworld’s initiative to connect some of Canada’s most talented emerging diverse talent with industry executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry.

Presenting some of this year’s participant filmmakers’ views and stories that help audiences care about pressing issues and how they inspire social change.

Chloe Sosa-Sims | Director, Hunting in Packs

 Chloe is a Toronto-based director/ producer/ writer. She has directed and produced content for Cineflix, VICE and the CFC. In 2015, she co-founded the Toronto chapter of Film Fatales. Continue reading “Reelworld’s Emerging 20: Spotlight on Diverse Talent”

ReelWorld Film Festival: Spark Conversation and Inspire Social Change

Celebrating its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival is dedicated to harnessing the power of film and storytelling for social good. As a platform for underrepresented voices, Reelworld showcases Canadian and International films that explore some of the most current and pressing social issues facing the world. In addition to hosting industry panels, workshops and talks, Reelworld showcases narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos, episodic content and VR/360 films that spark conversation and inspire social change.

Founded in 2001 by Tonya Williams, Reelworld is committed to bringing together an inclusive community of influencers from charities, NGOs, education, film, art, public and private sectors, social enterprises, to catalyze social impact through film.

The Festival runs from October 11th to 15th this year, taking audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses meaningful cinema as a tool for impact on the society. Continue reading “ReelWorld Film Festival: Spark Conversation and Inspire Social Change”

Love for life and learning from it is a beautiful reality!

-Rima Das, Film Director ‘Village Rockstars’

Rima Das’ Assamese film, Village Rockstars had its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2017  on September 8th. It  is the only Indian film to be screened in the competition section, DISCOVERY, which features directors from across the world to watch out for.

The movie is about a girl, Dhunu, who has grown up in deprivation. She learns to fend for herself in the hostile surroundings while nurturing her dream to own a guitar  for her tiny band of village Rockstars someday.  She and the gangs of boys want to form a rock band. But later the boys slowly stop perusing their dream, whereas Dhunu continues dreaming to own a guitar. Her faith becomes strong when she reads about law of attraction in a newspaper article. Her unconventional and nonconformist mother raises her with steadfast determination, giving her full freedom of expression and encouraging her to fulfill her dreams. Continue reading “Love for life and learning from it is a beautiful reality!”

‘Miami’ is filled with colors and glitter, dramatic turns and great music

International Premiere @ tiff’17

ANGELA (29) blows into a small town in the Finnish country side, dazzling the locals with her exotic dancer troupe, sequined swirls and mega-watt smile. After a nasty encounter backstage she leaves town just as fast, only now with her estranged half-sister Anna (21) in tow.

AFTER SOME INITIAL HESITATION, Anna embraces exotic dancing and life on the road. She even steps up to the

plate when thugs follow Angela around to collect a large debt. Having started as a drama, MIAMI shifts into higher gear as a thriller-driven road movie.

SEDUCED BY Angela’s way of life, believing in daydreams and last-minute bailouts, Anna devises an ambitious and dangerous black mail scheme to help her out. The journey brings the sisters together and they make up for the lost years.

HOWEVER THE DARKNESS that Angela’s troubles arise from is too deep to handle for Anna, who is just starting to

find herself as an adult. She’s trying to protect Angela with the little bit of maturity that she just found, but none of the bubbly champagne and sequined costumes can save her now. The sisterhood has become a complex mine field in which Anna can either find – or lose – herself. Continue reading “‘Miami’ is filled with colors and glitter, dramatic turns and great music”

Children, in their innocence, can find beauty in the world despite facing great odds–Juraj Lehtosky

Interview with the Director of NINA, World Premiere at TIFF’17

Nina is 12. Her parents are getting a divorce and her world is falling apart before her eyes. Her mom and dad say they are only doing what is best for her, but in fact, they act as though they only cared for themselves. Nina doesn’t understand them. She feels abandoned and deceived. It’s like there is nothing left in the world that she could

believe in. Her only remaining security in life is competitive swimming. At the pool she finds calm and support and everything else she lacks at home. When it looks like she won’t be able to attend a swimming competition, she makes a radical move.

Presenting an interview with the director, Juraj Lehtosky:

How did you pick the main protagonists?

We discovered Bibiana Nováková at the auditions, which was surprising. Usually at auditions you get children who really want to act and they act like it, or you get parents who want their children to act. Only seldom do you

get children who are so mature. It’s very rare, finding a young talent like her. Bibiana had been in a drama club in school, but that wasn’t important for us. Continue reading “Children, in their innocence, can find beauty in the world despite facing great odds–Juraj Lehtosky”

TIFF 2017 SEES A STRONG ITALIAN PRESENCE AT THE FESTIVAL

The ICFF is ecstatic to see the Italian flair woven into the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, running from September 7th – September 17th in various theatres throughout the city.

TIFF has a substantial line-up of Italian content in its film selection this year, with a strong presence featuring 10 films and 3 shorts – all spectacular works and all a definite must-see. 

With a heightened number of Italian films being screened this year at TIFF, the countdown is on to commence the annual Toronto festival, from the 7th until the17th of September. To start off, the World Premiere of Rainbow: A Private Affair by powerhouse brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani brings us into a film inspired by Beppe Fenoglio’s novel about new love and dealing with the realities of the world they live in.

Arriving fresh from the Venetian Film Festival, the International Premiere of Paolo Virzì’s The Leisure Seeker, with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland holds one of the most prestigious places during the festival as a Gala Presentation while North American Premiere Hannah by Andrea Pallaoro, and starring the talented Charlotte Rampling who captivates her audience. Jonas Carpignano’s International Premiere of A Ciambra will be here in Toronto after successfully stopping in Cannes and gaining the recognition plus the support of both critics and the public alike. Continue reading “TIFF 2017 SEES A STRONG ITALIAN PRESENCE AT THE FESTIVAL”

MIAMI by Zaida Bergroth – sisterhood tested in exotic dancing thriller

TIFF Contemporary World Cinema

Finnish director Zaida Bergroth (THE GOOD SON, TIFF ’11) returns to Toronto with her third feature MIAMI, her latest examination of complex family relationships in which a person can either find or lose oneself.

Angela (29) blows into a small town in the Finnish countryside, dazzling the locals with her exotic dancer troupe, sequined swirls and mega-watt smile. After a nasty encounter backstage she leaves town just as fast, only now with her estranged half-sister Anna (21) in tow. Anna gladly exchanges a dreary life in a bakery for an adrenaline-fueled existence on stage. Happy to be closer to her glamorous older sister, she embraces the world of exotic dancing. But none of the champagne bubbles, sparkly make-up and happy house beats can protect her as she tries blackmail to save Angela from the trouble that keeps following her. Dark forces from the underworld test their newly found sisterhood.

Zaida Bergroth: “After reading about some highly public scandals involving dancers, I became intrigued by how these kinds of women were portrayed in the media: how easily they were objectified, ridiculed and looked down upon. Continue reading “MIAMI by Zaida Bergroth – sisterhood tested in exotic dancing thriller”

“HUMANS OF NEW YORK” DOCUSERIES COMING TO FACEBOOK

As seen in The Hollywood Reporter , the docuseries, “Humans of New York”, based on photographer Brandon Stanton’s popular blog of the same name, will debut on Facebook’s new platform, The Watch, next week.  The 12-episode series from Brandon will feature interviews with the same diverse subjects often featured on his popular blog.  The half-hour series will also be executive produced by Julie Goldman, the Oscar-nominated documentary producer behind such films as Life, Animated and Weiner.

Much like the blog, the “Humans of New York” Facebook series will showcase intimate, candid and often surprising conversations with strangers on the streets of New York City. Stanton began working on the project about four years ago and has, over 400 days of filming, interviewed more than 1,200 people.

Goldman and her Motto Pictures production shingle teamed up with Stanton through mutual connections and was immediately struck by the material he had collected.

Stanton began “Humans of New York” in 2010 and has featured portraits and interviews of nearly 10,000 New Yorkers in the seven years since. The blog has also expanded into two New York Times best-selling books and a multiplatform social media presence. Continue reading ““HUMANS OF NEW YORK” DOCUSERIES COMING TO FACEBOOK”

Makers of Lucknow Central associate with Twitter India for a unique activity!

In a unique marketing move, the makers of Lucknow Central have tied up with Twitter India, one of the largest social networking platforms for a special activity with fans.

The activity requires each fan to follow Lucknow Central’s twitter handle following which an automated response is sent to each user. Each user is then allotted a unique Qaidi number. The fun does not end here! If the Qaidi number they have received matches that of any character from the film, each fan will be given an exclusive chance to meet the eclectic ensemble cast that is Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy, Deepak Dobriyal, Gippy Grewal, Rajesh Sharma and Inaamulhaq at the meet and greet session.

One of the most anticipated films of the year, Lucknow Central has generated a lot of buzz ever since the #KishenNirdoshHai Campaign went viral across all social media platforms.

The trailer also opened to rave reviews crossing over 10 million views across YouTube and Facebook in 4 days. Continue reading “Makers of Lucknow Central associate with Twitter India for a unique activity!”