London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) presents the prestigious Satyajit Ray Foundation’s annual short film competition. In various languages with English subtitles, the 8 shortlisted films will be screened at the ICA, starting at 6:20pm and taking 115 minutes in all. TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE on the ICA website - go to http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/london-indian-film-festival-satyajit-ray-foundations-short-film
We'll meet for coffee at 6:00pm. These are the films:KUSH | Dir. Shubhashish Bhutiani | India. In the immediate aftermath of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination, a teacher travels back from a field trip with a group of 10-year-old students, including Kush, the only Sikh in the class.COUNTRY OF BODIES, BOMBAY IN DANCE | Dir. Puneet Rakheja |India. As the never-say-stop Mumbai races about, there are hearts that march to a different beat. Set against the urban landscapes of Bombay, Country of Bodies is a dance film that narrates the personal and intimate relationship of the city and its inhabitants.
RANI | Dir. Manish Sharma | India. Each night two men play Carom, to see who will pot 'The Rani' - each night the bet remains the same.NO LOVE LOST | Dir. Shekhar Bassi | UK. An intriguing tale of love, obsession and unyielding prejudice.
FLY BIRD (CHIDIYA UDH) | Dir. Pranjal Dua | India. The giant wheels of the city relentlessly grind away. A young boy from the slaughterhouse and a maid from a luxury hotel find a common bond.ALCHEMY | Dir. Pranay Patwardhan, Janmeet Singh, Shivangi Ranawat | India, China. Modern day India and the lives of a billion people; their story, their hopes, aspirations and transformation. A fine balance between inherent spirituality and India's giant leap towards progress.
OUT POST | Dir. Shiva Shankar Bajpai | India. Deep in the desert, two enemy guards face each other: they yearn for human contact but remain separated by an immaterial border.DEVIL IN THE BLACK STONE (KAPPU KALLINA SAITANA) | Dir. Ananya Kasaravalli | India. Widow Kunnipatu and her family can hardly make ends meet by rolling beedis. Then news arrives of an imminent election and the distribution of cheap bags of rice…
The winner of the award will be announced on 17 July at the Closing Night Gala. Further details of the shortlisted films are available at www.londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk