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Film London co-pro The Hungry to premiere at TIFF, LFF and Mumbai

Date posted: 31.08.2017

Following news of the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, UK-India co-production The Hungry has secured further high-profile slots for its European and Asian premieres at the BFI London Film Festival and Mumbai Film Festival.

Among the best directors I’ve worked with”

A Cinestaan Film Company/Film London co-production, the film was directed by Bornila Chatterjee , and stars Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra. The drama follows Tulsi Joshi (Chopra), a widow and bride-to-be, who arrives at her wedding seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her first-born son. Based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, The Hungry explores the violence that exists between power and love - a macabre fairytale set in the elite circles of northern India.

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah said: “Bornila is extremely open and receptive to ideas from others, which can be rare with first-time directors.  I would rate Bornila as among the best directors I’ve worked with, and you could sense that in her first film itself." 

Elaborating on the film, actor Tisca Chopra says, “During the course of the film, I hardly slept for about 20 days, not because I didn’t have the time but because I was sweating and thinking – I could’ve done this, I could’ve done that; the writing has so many layers and levels that you keep peeling things off and there’s still more to do."

Forging ties between the UK and India

Written and directed by Chatterjee (Let’s Be Out, The Sun is Shining) and co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta (Chittagong, Sold) and Kurban Kassam (The Party, 20,000 Days on Earth), the film was born from a desire to forge stronger links between the Indian and UK film industries. This saw Film London and Cinestaan embark on an ambitious process to unite talent from the two continents, using our Microwave feature film scheme as a template.

We were supported in this by the British Council, who facilitated a series of workshops in order to develop the film in anticipation of the current UK/India Year of Culture. The result is a true international collaboration, comprising a team of international filmmakers, a cast of exciting new and established talent from India and the UK, glorious Mumbai backdrops, and post-production courtesy of Twickenham Studios.

Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “As well as being an exciting film in its own right, The Hungry is also a truly unique collaboration that germinated in the UK and flourished in India. As such, it’s entirely fitting that the film will have its European premiere at LFF and its Asian showcase at MAMI”, adding, “This is very much the beginning of the film’s journey, and I can’t wait to see what the world thinks of it.”

Says Rohit Khattar Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, “The Hungry was born from a project to bring the UK and India film industries together and the unique collaboration that has seen this project come to life will get the launch its filmmaking team richly deserve.

The film has its world premiere at TIFF 2017, screening on 14, 15 and 17 September.

The film receives its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 7 and 8 of October and will receive its Asian premiere as part of the Mumbai Film Festival.

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