Tamil Films at London Indian Film Festival 2014

During this years London Indian Film Festival there are some Tamil films like ILAI (LEAF).

More details as follows:

ILAI (LEAF) | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert 15

Tamil with English subtitles l 67 mins l India l
Dir. Rajiv Reddy Pochareddy l with Manjula Odanadi,
Pritham Charavarthy, Mighty Gibson.

11 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WOOD GREEN
15 JULY | 18:15 | CINEWORLD SHAFTSBURY AVE

ILAI (LEAF)

ILAI (LEAF)

With great pathos, and a riveting narrative, Ilai (Leaf) encapsulates the stories of many thousands of Indians arriving in the big cities each year, in the hope of a better future, or sometimes just by chance. Often their only baggage is a troubled past. We are introduced to one such story, a lonely little girl from the countryside who accidentally finds herself in a bustling metropolis. The girl can’t speak the city’s language, or understand its high-speed ways. She wanders the mean streets to find shelter, but soon realises she must enlist the help of others, including a homeless old woman to ensure her survival.

AN AMERICAN IN MADRAS | EUROPEAN PREMIERE | Cert U

English, Tamil, Hindi with English subtitles | 80 mins | India | Dir. Karan Bali | with Kamal Haasan, Radha Viswanathan, K. Hariharan.

15 JULY | 20:20 | ICA
16 JULY | 19:00 | CINEWORLD WANDSWORTH

An American in Madras

An American in Madras

This fascinating and fast-paced documentary traces the journey of American-born filmmaker Ellis R. Dungan who arrived in India in 1935 intending to stay for 6 months but ended up staying for 15 years! During this period, he brought many technical innovations to the developing Tamil Film Industry of the 1930s and ’40s, and infused a sense of professionalism into its filmmaking. All this, without understanding a word of the language! Dungan directed the great Tamil superstar MGR’s first film, Sathi Leelavathi, as well as famed Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi‘s most famous films, Sakuntalai and Meera. The film traces Dungan’s Indian connection right up to 1994, when on a trip to India, the Tamil Film Industry felicitated him in Chennai for his contribution to its development, a good 43 years after he had left India. Q&A with Director Karan Bali after the film

SANTOSH SIVAN | MASTERCLASS

11 JULY | 18:30 | BFI SOUTHBANK

Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan is India’s foremost and most awarded cinematographer. He is also the only Indian member of the American Society of Cinematographers. He shot to prominence on the national stage with Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi and is celebrated for his work on Roja, Uyire, Iruvar and Siraichalai. His international credits include Bride & Prejudice and Mistress Of Spices. Sivan debuted as director with Halo followed by Malli, both films aimed at children. The world took notice of his next film The Terrorist about the LTTE of Sri Lanka (premiered at BFI London Film Festival), about a suicide bomber wrestling with her conscience. John Malkovich championed the film and ensured that it found global distribution. About his controversial new film Inam (Ceylon), he shared with Times of India: “In Ceylon, I look at the Sri Lankan situation from the perspective of a bunch of youngsters who get caught in the crisis. It’s more about the outsiders’ response to the horrors than about the politics.” He also directed the much lauded Tamil film, Navarasa (Nine Emotions) and was the cinematographer who shot Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vikram, as well as AR Murugadoss’s hit film Thuppakki, starring Ilayathalapathy Vijay. This rare talk will trace his career and audience members can also ask him questions about his experiences working with the creme de la creme of Indian cinema.

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