Stellar line-up for SAIFF Film Festival

web18NEW YORK CITY: The South Asian International Film Festival; presented by HBO, is celebrating its ninth exciting year by delivering the very best in South Asia’s most fiercely original, daring, and exciting cinema to New York City. Featuring over a dozen premieres, acclaimed international guests and an inaugural gala event hosted by Sunny Leone and Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar – SAIFF 2012 is bigger and better on a grand scale!
SAIFF 2012 throws open the doors for their Opening Night Premiere of Un Certain Regard Winner Miss Lovely, thunders through Clearview’s Chelsea Cinemas with the Centerpiece Premiere of Pratim D. Gupta’s Stunning Paanch Adhyaay (Afterglow), and celebrates its Closing Night Premiere of Valley Of Saints at the SVA Theater – with filmmakers in attendance!
SAIFF 2012’s competition line-up includes such highly-anticipated titles as:
Akam (Palas in Bloom) Directed by Shalini Usha Nair. 2011. India. In Malayalam (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. North American Premiere. 97 min.
Blood Relative. Directed by Nimisha Mukerji. 2012. Canada/India. Documentary Feature. International Premiere. 75 min.
The Bright Day. Directed by Mohit Takalkar. 2012. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles).
Fried Fish, Chicken Soup and a Premiere Show. Directed by Mamta Murthy. 2012. India. Documentary Feature. North American Premiere. 90 min.
Pune 52. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan. 2012. India. In Marathi (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. International Premiere. 135 min.
Other titles to premiere at SAIFF 2012 include:
Balak Palak. Directed by Ravi Jadhav. 2012. India. In Marathi (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. World Premiere. 109 min.
Baromas. Directed by Dhiraj Meshram. 2012. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. International Premiere. 150 min.
Chakravyuh. Directed by Prakash Jha. 2012. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. International Premiere. 152 min.
The Great Indian Marriage Bazaar. Directed by Ruchika Muchhala and Faiza Ahmad Khan. 2011. India. In English and Hindi (with English subtitles). Documentary Feature. New York Premiere. 60 min.
Kokkho-Poth (The Sound of Old Rooms). Directed by Sandeep Ray. 2011. India/USA. In Bengali (with English subtitles). Documentary Feature. North American Premiere. 72 min.
Opening Night Premiere: Miss Lovely
Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia. 2012. India. In Hindi (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. US Premiere. 115 min.
Wednesday, October 24, 8:00 PM – NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
Set in the 1980s, Miss Lovely follows two brothers who operate as C-grade shlock producers in the seedy cinematic underbelly of Bombay. Their fraternity is put to the test when they encounter an enigmatic ingĂ©nue. Atmospheric and daring, the film reveals the expected exploitation and corruption that accompanies the production of Grindhouse soft-core porn and pulpy horror films with and intoxicating and innovative panache. The fist fiction feature from Ahluwalia, an acclaimed non-fiction filmmaker, Miss Lovely evolved from a documentary into this lurid, highly-stylized hybrid thriller that garnered the “US Certain Regard” distinction from Cannes 2012.
Centerpiece Premiere: Paanch Adhyay (Afterglow)
Directed by Pratim D Gupta. 2012. India. In Bengali (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. International Premiere. 113 min.
Saturday, October 27, 10:00 pm at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas (260 West 23rd Street)
A film director pursues an aspiring teacher in this musical romance that stars Dia Mirza and Priyanshu Chatterjee. With sly references to Bela Tarr and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, this knowing and nuanced relationship drama traverses various chapters of the couple’s journey. Set in Kolkata and featuring the music of Shantanu Moitra, Paanch Adhyay is Gupta’s directorial debut and the fist Bengali-language film for Bollywood actress Mirza. Remarkably, contrary to common practice where Bollywood stars are often dubbed by local voice talent when appearing in Bengali films, Mirza bucked the trend and recorded her own lines.
Closing Night Premiere: Valley Of Saints
Directed by Musa Syeed. 2012. India/USA. In Kashmiri (with English subtitles). Narrative Feature. New York Premiere. 82 min.
Tuesday, October 30, 8 pm at SVA Theater (333 West 23rd Street)
Set in the endangered lake communities of Kashmir, Valley of Saints is a lyrical examination of steadfast loyalty and earnest love. When a military entrenchment traps Gulzar, a young tourist boatman, and his best friend Afzal in their lake village, their relationship with Asifa, a visiting environmental researcher, threatens their plans to escape their war-torn home. Widely-acclaimed – the film won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year – Valley of Saints makes its hometown debut with New Yorker and director Syeed in attendance.
The Ninth Annual South Asian International Film Festival runs from Wednesday, October 24 to Tuesday, October 30 in New York City.

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