Starting on September 20, CSAFF will be hosted at Showplace Icon Theaters and Film Row Cinema at Columbia College Chicago. A limited number of festival passes are now on sale. Buy them here before they are sold out!
The Festival opens with the North American premiere of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor. The lineup also consists of director Nila Madhab Panda’s new movie Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid. The film was recently screened at the Marché Du Cannes and is based on the issue of female foeticide. “After seeing the film, people will get entertained and get a message too.” Panda said of his film in a recent interview.
Three regional films are also playing at the Festival this year: the Marathi film Masala, Bengali film Runaway, and the Malayalam film Abu Son of Adam which was India’s entry to the 84th Academy Awards. Debutante director Avinash Kumar Singh’s world premiere of Listen Amaya serves as the CSAFF Centerpiece Film, and stars acclaimed actors Deepti Naval and Farooq Shaikh. Shabana Azmi-starrer A Decent Arrangement, Delhi in a Day, Lessons in Forgetting, Rat Race, Shobhna’s 7 Nights, and Gattu round off the features.
The short-length films cover a variety of genres and topics. While Oscar nominated Raju explores the perils of adoption, Girl and the Auto Rickshaw tells a hilarious story of a sexist rickshaw that leaves its driver frustrated.
The 5 and Fatakara, which was nominated for a student Academy Award, echo themes from the Indian mythology Mahabharata. Two shorts come from the United Kingdom: My Lad and The New Brit which is about a Pakistani-Brit who has to stand up to his father and London’s racial undertones as he aspires to become a journalist.
For more information on the full list of film selections, please visit the CSAFF 2012 Film Guide.
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