The 44th Toronto International Film Festival held from September 5 – 15 screened four Indian movies, out of an overall 333 films from 84 countries.
This is a pleasant contrast to India’s entries in other prominent festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin which had only 0,1 and 3 screenings respectively.
‘Jallikkattu’, a Malayalam film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery portrays the chaos created in a remote village when a butcher’s buffalo breaks free and causes havoc. The movie is set in the hills of Kerala in South India and explores the intricacies of human condition. Lijo based the movie on the short story ‘Maoist’ by S. Hareesh.
The other three entries were directed by women, with this year’s festival having a 36 percent movies directed or co-directed by women.
‘The Sky is Pink’ (one of the two Hindi-language films along with ‘Bombay Rose’), directed by Shonali Bose, is her latest entry after ‘Margarita with a straw’ in 2014. It revolves around a teenage girl afflicted by immune deficiency, played by Zara Wasim, reminiscing about the relationship between her parents.
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A special night with special people, sharing this labour of love which took us over a year to bring to life. It was an unforgettable experience…. Thank you Aditi and Niren for trusting us with your story and for joining us at #TheSkyIsPink world premiere at @tiff_net @shonalibose_ you are the true star of this film! #RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur, as always, it’s been amazing collaborating with you. We’ve done some great films together and this one definitely is up there with the rest of them for me.
‘Bombay Rose’, directed by Gitanjali Rao, became the second Indian animated film to get featured in the history of the festival. It talks about a young club dancer who escapes child marriage, and living in the streets of Mumbai has to choose between looking after her family and her love for a Kashmiri boy orphaned by the military.
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Geethu Mohandas’ ‘Moothon’ is about a young boy in search of his elder brother which takes him to the dark side of Mumbai. The film is shot mostly in the red light district of Kamathipura, with some parts shot in the island of Lakshwadeep as well.
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The Indian High Commissioner to Canada Vikas Swarup, formally launched India Pavilion, which aims to provide a platform to showcase Indian cinema in the overseas market. The poster and brochure International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which will celebrate its Golden Jubilee edition in Goa later this year were also unveiled.