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2015 PROGRAMME | BIRMINGHAM

Our festival has come to Birmingham for for 2015! Check below for film details, please note that there are no adverts before festival films and all screenings start at times below.

PROG

ASHA JAOAR MAJHE (LABOUR OF LOVE) | SPECIAL PREVIEW | (U)
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Bengali with English subtitles | 84 mins | India | Dir Aditya Vikram Sengupta | with: Ritwick Chakraborty, Basabdutta Chatterjee.
   
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20 JULY | 18:30 | CINEWORLD BROAD STREET Location Map Booking Info
21 JULY | 20:00 | MAC CINEMA CANNON HILL PARK Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
A cinematically sublime, must-see debut feature that evokes the legacies of Bengali masters like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. Labour of Love is a seemingly simple tale set within the crumbling back lanes of modern Kolkata. A man carries out his solitary domestic routine in his small apartment. As the story transpires however we realise that there is another inhabitant of this same apartment. A woman also lives there, but through the hard toil of their lives the couple co-exist on opposing work shifts. Their love strongly binds them, but they are only truly together in the magical forests of their dreams. With its haunting score and soundscape Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s poetic film expands the story of two ordinary lives, caught by love and longing, into a magnificent sensory universe.
 
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M CREAM | UK PREMIERE | (15)
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Hindi, English, with English subtitles | 112 min | India | Dir. Agneya Singh | with: Imaad Shah, Ira Dubey, Tom Alter, Auritra Ghosh, Beatrice Ordeix.
   
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21 JULY | 18:00 | CINEWORLD BROAD STREET Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
A group of young people from Delhi set off on a road trip to the far reaches of the Himalayas to obtain M Cream, a mythical form of hash. As they journey across the vast expanses of the mountains on their quest, tempers flare, love blooms, truths are revealed and difficult choices have to be made. An encounter with an environmental movement brings meaning to their young lives. This magically trippy film explores urban anomie as set against the lap of Mother Nature and brings to the fore the truth that the journey is more important than the destination. With their incandescent performances Imaad Shah and Ira Dubey, offspring of acclaimed actors Naseeruddin Shah and Lillette Dubey respectively, display that they have inherited their illustrious parents’ acting genes and are the bold new generation of Indian cinema.
 
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MONSOON | UK PREMIERE | (15)
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English, Malayalam, Assamese, Marathi, Hindi with English subtitles | 108 mins | Canada | Dir. Sturla Gunnarson | with: Moushumi Chatterjee, the Prasad family.
   
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22 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD BROAD STREET Location Map Booking Info
23 JULY | 20:00 | MAC CINEMA CANNON HILL PARK Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This documentary feature, shot in stunning 4K, is filmed across the subcontinent, charting the giant rain system’s path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of India. It is a breathtaking cinematic journey into a terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge. It introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon. For some, the great rains will be time of bountiful sustenance, for others it will be a time of great hardship. All are caught in this timeless human drama. The outstanding score, composed by London’s own Andrew T. MacKay, is based on the Malhar ragas and perfectly complements the multiple-award winning director’s epic vision.
 
Expected Q&A session at Mac Cinema, Cannon Hill Park
 
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DHANAK (RAINBOW) | UK PREMIERE | (PG)
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FILM INFO

Hindi with English subtitles | 103 min | India | Dir. Nagesh Kukunoor | with: Krrish Chhabria, Hetal Gada, Vipin Sharma, Suresh Menon, Vijay Maurya.
   
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23 JULY | 18:30 | CINEWORLD BROAD STREET Location Map Booking Info
25 JULY | 18:00 | MAC CINEMA CANNON HILL PARK Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This uplifting, enchanting and magical story revolves around the relationship between a 10-year old girl Pari, a Shah Rukh Khan fan and Chotu, her blind 8-year old brother who is a die-hard Salman Khan devotee. Inspired by seeing Shah Rukh Khan endorsing sight restoring surgery, Pari leads her brother on an epic journey across the desert state of Rajasthan to the location where the actor is shooting his latest film in the hope that he will arrange for the vision restoring operation and fulfil the promise she had made to Chotu that he will regain his sight when he turns nine. On the way they meet a host of colourful characters that sometimes help and sometimes thwart their plan but always push them in the right path towards their destination. The film won the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.
 
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THE CROW’S EGG (KAAKKAA MUTTAI) | UK PREMIERE | (U)
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Tamil with English subtitles | 99 min | India 2014 | Dir. M. Manikandan | with: Ramesh, Vignesh , Iswarya Rajesh.
   
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24 JULY | 14:00 | MAC CINEMA CANNON HILL PARK Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
This delightful family tale has echoes of Slumdog Millionaire. When a pizza parlour opens near their playground, two carefree slum boys are consumed by the desire to taste this new foreign dish. Realising that one pizza costs more than their family’s monthly income, they develop schemes to earn more money - inadvertently beginning an adventure that will involve the entire city, but money is one thing and entry into a middle class establishment is another. M. Makinkandan’s hopeful film avoids the usual emotionalism associated with depictions of poor children and instead takes us on a journey that is an insightful view of class aspiration in today’s big city India.
 
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KHWADA (OBSTACLE) | INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE | (15)
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Marathi, with English subtitles | 116 min | India | Dir. Bhaurao Karhade | with: Shashank Shende, Anil Nagarkar, Bhau Shinde.
   
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26 JULY | 15:00 | MAC CINEMA CANNON HILL PARK Location Map Booking Info
SYNOPSIS
A hot new title from the burgeoning Marathi independent film scene, Khwada is a gritty drama about a dispossessed shepherd family moving from village to village trying to find fodder for their herd in the famine hit state of Maharashtra. The younger shepherds, looking for love and brighter prospects, come into contact and clash with corrupt local landlords and trouble soon escalates into sheep rustling and bloodshed. This fascinating film lays bare the stark experiences faced by the rural poor in India while, with a twinkle in its eye, it celebrates the sweeping beauty of the Marathi rural landscape. India has been quick to recognise its merit, awarding it with a special jury prize at the country’s annual National Awards.
 
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