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May 4-8, 2011

Centerpiece Film Screening of Aparna Sen’s Iti Mrinalini,
Starring Aparna Sen, Konkana Sen sharma, Rajat Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Centerpiece NYIFF: Tribeca Cinemas, Varick St., NYC. Friday May 6th, 2011
5 pm
Red carpet
6 pm
Screening of Aparna Sen’s  “Iti Mrinalini”, Aparna Sen, Konkana Sen sharma, Rajat Kapoor, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Post-screening discussion
8:30 pm
Afterparty at Tribeca Bar
Iti Mrinalini
Iti Mrinalini
Friday, May 6, 2011, Tribeca Theater 1, 6.00 pm,
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Friday, May 6, 2011, Tribeca Theater 2, 6.30 pm,
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Iti Mrinalini
Running Time- 125 Minutes
Country- India
Language- Bengali
Mrinalini, an ageing actress, writes a suicide note. As a performer, the first lesson she had learnt was timing – the perfect moment for making an entrance or an exit on stage. On the stage of life, her entrance had been outside her control; but she wants to choose the moment of her exit at least…

However, before taking the pills that will put her to sleep forever, she decides to destroy all her memorabilia – letters, photographs, newspaper cuttings, knick-knacks pertaining to the past – lest they fall into the hands of the press. She has been a victim of media attention all her life and wishes to be spared that at her death…

As she looks through the old box that contains relics from her past, memories flood the night... Incidents that she had forgotten or had relinquished to the furthest corners of her mind now return to haunt her and, through these memories, an entire life is revealed – a life of loves lost and gained, friendships and betrayals, successes and failures, accidents and awards, agonies and ecstasies...

Mrinalini relives her past, as night gradually turns to dawn… An ajaan starts up somewhere. Slowly early morning light fills the room. The moment has passed and the death she had wished for so intensely no longer seems a priority. Her German Shepherd comes and rubs its head on its mistress’s feet and squeaks to be let out. Mrinalini smiles, tears up the suicide note and takes her dog out for a walk… A new day starts… A new life awaits her… A new beginning she has chosen...

Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Aparna Sen, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor, Koushik Sen, Shaheb Bhattacharjee, Locket Chatterjee, Srijit Mukherji, Suzanne Bernert, Gargi Roychowdhury, Ananya Chatterjee, Dulal Lahiri, Rita Koiral

Director Bio:

Aparna Sen is a renowned name in Bengali as well as Indian cinema. She has excelled both as an actor in film and theatre and as a director of parallel cinema.

Aparna was born in 1945 in Kolkata. Her father is film critic and film maker Chidananda Dasgupta. She studied at Modern High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Presidency College, Kolkata. Her first film appearance happened in Satyajit Ray's Teen Kanya when she was sixteen. Since then, Aparna has acted in many films in lead roles.

In 1981, Aparna made her debut as a film director with '36 Chowringhee Lane' which won national and international awards. Since then, Aparna has directed series of films on a wide variety of subjects. Most of her films have been well acclaimed nationally and internationally. Aparna moved to Mumbai and continues to make films in Hindi and English.

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