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May 5 - 10, 2014

BENGALI LANGUAGE FILMS (with English subtitles) @ NYIFF

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9.00 pm,

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Directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay
India, USA 2013, Feature Film, 125 minutes, Bengali(with English subtitles)
Cast - NRahul Bose , Konkona Sen Sharma, Swastika Mukherjee, Debdut Ghosh, Tulika Basu

Post screening Q&A with director Suman Mukhopadhyay

Trailer: http://youtu.be/L_q1Q2HyOQg

Synopsis: The film recounts the love story of Amit Ray, a barrister educated in England, whose virulent intellectualism reveals itself in its opposition to all forms of tradition. He meets Labanya in a car accident and the romance builds up in the misty hills of Shillong. Amit's iconoclastism meets Labanya's sincere simplicity and sharp intelligence. After building up their affair with fervent passion, the lovers decide to marry other suitors, without the air of tragedy. It appears to be that they feel that daily chores of living together will nullify the conspicuousness of their romance. Amit marries Ketaki, his girlfriend from Oxford and Labanya marries Sovanlal, her friend from university days. But Amit resolves this enigma of ungratified marriage in his own beatnik logic. Labanya releases Amit's own submerged depth of sincerity, which he finds hard to adjust to. The tragedy is understood by the girl who liberates him from his betrothal and disappears from his life.

Suman MukhopadhyayAbout the Director: Suman Mukhopadhyay has finished two films recently (his 4th and 5th): Shesher Kobita (The Last Poem) and Kangal Malsat (War Cry of the Beggars). Mahanagar@Kolkata (2009), Chaturanga (2008) and Herbert (2005) are his previous films. Chaturanga has been shown and selected at 50 film festivals around the globe including the Montreal World Film Festival, LaRochelle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, International Film Festival of India (Goa), Kolkata Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. His first feature film, Herbert, won the National Award. Suman studied at the New York Film Academy, USA.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9.30 pm,
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Directed by Ed Owles

United Kingdom, 2013, Documentary, 85 minutes, Bengali, Hindi, Bhojpuri and English (with English Subtitles)
Cast - Anwer, Arshad

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Ed Owles


Synopsis: Two brothers are trying to save their family business - the oldest auction house in India. Having lived on different continents their entire adult lives, now they must come to terms not just with the economic realities of modern Calcutta but also each other.More>>

Ed-OwlesAbout the Director: Ed Owles has worked with Native Voice Films for the past 7 years, and has filmed and directed short documentaries for Channel 4 UK, Al Jazeera English and Current TV. More>>


Three Shades of Brown (short)
Directed by Shai Hussain
UK, 2014, 41 minutes, Language English New York Premier
Cast - Omar Khan, Muzz Khan, Navinder Bhatti

Trailer: http://youtu.be/lm-2-S5-97A

Synopsis: When HARRY tells his best friend RAVI that he's moving to the capital to start a new job, Ravi advises him to move in with his close family friend, NAS. However, when Ravi's girlfriend dumps him, he accompanies Harry to London and looks to stay on the sofa until (he expects) his ex will eventually realize her mistake. More>>

Shai HussainAbout the Director: Shai wrote for BBC Asian Network's daily radio soap SILVER STREET, followed by his play REALITY CHECK (with Hollyoaks' Lena Kaur and Junade Khan) and the co-written RESOLUTIONS (with Adeel Akhtar). More>>

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:00 pm,

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Directed by Kaushik Ganguly
Bengali with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014, India
Cast - Ardhendu Banerjee, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Gaurav Chakraborty

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Kaushik Ganguly

Trailer: http://bit.ly/HPQgDz

Synopsis: This is a real life story inspired by Subir Banerjee,the little child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Pather Panchali.

Kaushik GangulyAbout the Director: Kaushik Ganguly spent eight years as a teacher and freelance scriptwriter before turning director in 1995 with the teleserial "Rahaat". Recently he was awarded with the Best Director award for his film"Apur Panchali" at IIFI 2013.


Feluda (short)
Directed by Shailesh Singh
India, 2014, 17 minutes, Language English, Hindi, Bengali
World Premier
Cast - Siddharth Kaushik, Niloy Kundu, Udai Paul

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/77424652

Synopsis: The story sets its pace when Mahitosh Sinha Roy, an industrialist, an author by nature and a hunter by legacy stumbles upon a mysterious riddle written by his grandfather that he is eager to solve. And so he seeks the help of East India’s brightest private detective, Feluda.

Sonejuhi Sinha About the Director: Shailesh Singh studied at The College of art, Delhi in 2009 where he was very inclined to take up illustration and graphic design as a profession. Following this inclination he interned with several prestigious Ad agencies while in college. However, despite great success while interning, he soon realized that his true passion lay in making films. More>>

Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer)
Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00 pm,

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Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa (Sniffer)
Directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta

India, 2013, Feature Film, 132 minutes, Language Bengali (with English subtitles)
Cast - Nawazuddin Siddique, Pankaj Tripathy, Niharika Singh, Ananya Chattrejee

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Trailer: http://youtu.be/_BX_SS6RHLc

Synopsis: Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa is woven around a private detective Mohammad Anwar who works in a small time detective agency of a big cosmopolitan city of India. Anwar has a queer tendency to get personally involved in the cases he handles finally landing up in situations which are often comical, dangerous and weird. 

Buddhadeb-DasguptaAbout the Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta is a poet and prominent contemporary Indian filmmaker, most known for films like Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. He has won several awards such as the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Bengali and the National Film Award for Best Direction twice. Over the years he has also published several works of poetry.

Closing Night:

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 5:00 pm,

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Directed by Aparna Sen;
India 2013, 141 Minutes, Bengali with English subtitles
Cast- Konkona Sen Sharma, Moushumi Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Paran Banerjee

There will be a post-screening discussion with Director Aparna Sen

Trailer: http://youtu.be/E3Eid2ffx74

Synopsis: Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's famous tale of 3 generations of women & their changing position in society,seen in relation to a box of jewels, handed down from one generation to the next. A film by Aparna Sen.

Aparna SenAbout the Director: 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.

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