Midlands Spotlight - Birmingham Indian Film Festival 2018
By midlandsmovies, Jun 22 2018 10:51AM
Presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival and returns for a fourth year with an entertaining and thought provoking line-up of independent films.
With one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calender, BIFF is proudly supported by the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund and runs from 22nd June to 1st July 2018.
This year’s highlights include a sparkling opening night red carpet Midlands premiere of Love Sonia – a compelling story of two teenagers’ fight for freedom starring Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadda amongst others. The closing night Gala features must-see Canadian family comedy Venus.
Their themed strands kick off with Female Eye, premiering the work of women directors. British filmmaker Sangeeta Datta’s gorgeous film Bird of Dusk is followed by a panel discussion looking at independent Indian cinema.
In collaboration with Birmingham City University, director Rima Das gives a Q&A with her uplifting mother daughter hit Village Rockstars and the innovative style of debut filmmaker Dar Gai’s Teen Aur Aadha breaks new ground.
Another strong festival theme is Fathers & Sons, premiering dramas exploring masculinity and the enduring complexity of father and son relationships, including In The Shadows, a dark secret story, helmed by virtuoso actor Manoj Bajpayee.
Meanwhile raucous British comedy Eaten By Lions has an Asian boy searching for his dad.
True to the festival’s mission to screen films about real people’s journeys, dive into their Extra-Ordinary Lives strand with amazing documentaries, dramas and shorts from across India’s far-flung regions.
From the South is Tamil drama My Son is Gay while Doob (No Bed of Roses) is a co-production between India and Bangladesh.
For full details and tickets head to the main festival website below and for the full line-up check out their online programme brochure (click here)
Official Festival Website: http://birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk/