November 25, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
India on film in your Community!
During 2017 the British Film Institute is celebrating the diversity of Indian cinematography, considering it India has one of the world’s fertile film industries. The season includes restorations of classics, new releases and a variety of activities. We want to be part of ‘India on Film’ screening a contemporary very popular production that shows us about this rich culture through universal feelings of love, loneliness and hope.
Local businesses Cinnamon Lounge, The Lunch Box Cafe & Peri-Peri Box are kindly sponsoring this event with some tasty surprises for the audience.
Director: Ritesh Batra, India, France, Germany, US, 2013, 104 mins, PG
With: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
(in Hindi with English Subtitles)
Middle-class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse a reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.
This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams.
In 2015, it was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Film Not in the English Language, Won the Grand Golden Rail in Cannes 2013, Nominated as Best Film in London Film Festival 2013, among several other awards and nominations.
Ritesh Batra (India, 1978) was a sensation with his first feature film the Lunchbox in 2013. Born and raised in Mumbai, studied cinema in New York. Previously, he directed short films that were screened at different film festivals, The Morning Ritual (2008), Gareeb Nawaz's Taxi (2010), Café Regular Cairo (2012) earned him the International Film Critics Association Award (FIPRESCI) and received special mentions from at the Chicago and Tribeca Film Festivals. After The Lunchbox, he directed the feature films The Sense of an Ending (2106) and Our Souls at Night.
With Thanks to British Film Institute and Curzon Artificial Eye