The 2013 IFFLA lineup features groundbreaking Indian filmmakers premiering a diverse work of narrative, documentary feature and short films. The six day festival showcases more than 35 films from the global Indian filmmaking community, including opening and closing night red carpet galas, a Bollywood Nights series, seminars, and live music and dance. IFFLA, now in its 11th year, also hosts the 6th Annual Industry Leadership Awards.
The Opening Night Gala features the Los Angeles premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s “Gangs of Wasseypur,” a mafia revenge saga that chronicles the violent and bloody decade-long turf war between two mob families. The Closing Night Gala features the Los Angeles premiere of Oscar nominated director, Deepa Mehta’s “Midnight’s Children.” The film, in English & Urdu with English subtitles, is described as a “poetic and visual journey scaling time and space.”
“Our slate of films this year showcases path-breaking works of emerging and established Indian filmmakers that are making waves at top-tier film festivals around the world,” said Christina Marouda, IFFLA’s Founder and Chair of the Board. “This is a rare opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to not only catch films that are very hard to find outside the film festival circuit, but also to engage with these talented filmmakers who are coming to Los Angeles to present their films.”
Festival highlights include: a special screening of Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a political thriller based on the New York Times bestseller; “Miss Lovely” by Ashim Ahluwalia, a dark look at the seedy underbelly of Bollywood C-movies and soft-porn during the 1980’s; “Peddlers,” Vasan Bala’s directorial debut, a crime thriller following the desperation of young drug runners who are merely looking to survive; “Shahid,” based on the true story of Shahid Azmi, a human rights activist murdered in India in 2010, directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Guneet Monga and Anurag Kashyap; and Sundance and Berlin favorite “Salma,” directed by Kim Longinotto, a documentary about one South Indian woman's courageous journey in the face of mass oppression.
“IFFLA has something for everyone – from cutting-edge films to Bollywood flair and thought-provoking documentaries,” continues Marouda. “It is a unique, vibrant celebration of Indian cinema right in the heart of Hollywood.”
The 11th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 9-14 at ArcLight Hollywood located at 6360 W. Sunset Blvd between Vine and Ivar. Festival Passes and Gala tickets are currently on sale at the festival's website. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 22. For more information visit www.indianfilmfestival.org.