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Margarita With a Straw (India 2014)

(This is one of ten reports on films at the 58th London Film Festival – other reports can be found on The Case for Global Film Blog) It will be interesting to see how this film fares on release in India. The biggest hurdle to a successful release is likely to be the presentation of … Continue reading

That Girl in Yellow Boots (India 2010)

That Girl in Yellow Boots seems to me very much a ‘gamechanger’ movie. It isn’t perfect and in the final scenes there was a moment when it didn’t seem to work, but overall I was riveted by this glimpse into an Indian world that I haven’t seen before on screen. I was a little taken aback … Continue reading

The Lunchbox (India/Germany/France/US 2013)

After a second viewing, my thoughts about The Lunchbox are beginning to crystallise. This is an Indian cultural product which ‘reads’ in some ways (primarily its cinematography and editing) like an American Independent or an international festival film. As one of my regular viewing colleagues said to me, it’s difficult to make out who the audience … Continue reading

London Indian Film Festival #3: Monsoon Shootout (India/UK/Netherlands 2013)

Monsoon Shootout is a difficult film to pin down and review but an important film to discuss. It’s the first feature of writer-director Amit Kumar and has been ten years in the making – an indication of the potential difficulties in producing a small film outside the Indian mainstream. Kumar is an Indian film school … Continue reading

London Indian Film Festival #2: Bombay Talkies (India 2013)

Bombay Talkies is a portmanteau film celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema and featuring four short films by leading Indian directors. The film led the Indian presence at Cannes this year and as it has been widely discussed in the trades and festival reports I was keen to see it. I enjoyed all four short … Continue reading

BIFF 2013 #17: What Happened to This City? (Kya Hua Iss Shaher Ko, India 1986)

There is a long story behind this film and watching it was a strange experience for me. I’m not sure what sense I made of it but the film was impressive formally and important as a historical document. What it means in terms of contemporary India is less clear and I would need a great … Continue reading

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