“ROAD, MOVIE” CONTINUES TO DEMONSTRATE AUDIENCE APPEAL WITH BERLIN SELECTION
FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA, ASIA AND MIDDLE EAST PREMIERES, DEV BENEGAL’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FLICK WILL HAVE ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 60TH BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
Mumbai: Monday, 21 December 2009 – The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced that ROAD, MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s endearing tale of a young man who takes a travelling cinema truck on a life-changing journey across the sublime Indian landscape, continues its successful festival run with its European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus programme. ROAD, MOVIE’s presentation in Berlin demonstrates its audience appeal following its world premiere in Toronto in September and subsequent crowd pleasing receptions in Tokyo and Doha.
ROAD, MOVIE was co-produced by TIFC, Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband) and Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom)
Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, “We are delighted to bring this crowd pleasing film to Berlin. ROAD, MOVIE presents the hopes and desires of the younger generation in India as well as revealing universal truths that we must all accept and embrace.”
ROAD, MOVIE follows Vishnu (played by screen sensation Abhay Deol) as a restless young man who rejects his father’s faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom. Along the journey Vishnu ponders his life’s priorities as he learns to appreciate his culture and the power of friendship and love. Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film. Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee. The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.
Dev Benegal’s debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.
The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will run between 11-21 February, 2010.
ROAD, MOVIE LINKS
Film website: www.roadmoviethefilm.com
AV promo link: www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1365967385/
ABOUT THE INDIAN FILM COMPANY-STUDIO 18
Forthcoming international productions from Indian Films-Studio 18 include: ROAD, MOVIE an adventure drama by Dev Benegal, produced by the Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom) and Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband). The script of this feature was an official selection at Cinefondation, Cannes 2006. In post-production: IT’S A WONDERFUL AFTERLIFE directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), starring the legendary Shabana Azmi (Fire, Godmother, Arth, Madame Sousatzka), Golden Globe winner, Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), BAFTA-nominated Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), Jimi Mistry (East Is East, The Guru, RocknRolla) and Mark Addy (The Full Monty).