London: A Satyajit Ray inspired film set in Kolkata and a true-story of a girl with cerebral palsy lead the Indian line-up at this year's London Film Festival.
The British Film Institute's (BFI) annual film fiesta, to be held between October 8 and 19 across London's most iconic cinemas, revealed its 2014 offering at a press launch here on Wednesday.
Bengali filmmaking legends Ray and Ritwik Ghatak inspired 'Asha Jaoar Majhe' (Labour of Love) has been selected in the festival's 'First Feature Competition' category for debutant director Adityavikram Sengupta. The film set in Kolkata has been described by selectors as a "cinematically sublime debut feature".
A still from the film 'Asha Jaoar Majhe'.
Producer-director Shonali Bose and Nilesh Maniyar's 'Margarita, with a Straw', tells the true-story of Laila who overcomes her cerebral palsy to break down societal barriers. It stars Kalki Koechlin and veteran South Indian actress Revathy and has been selected in the 'Love' category of the festival.
The other films that complete the main Indian entries are Chaitanya Tamhane's 'Court', which centres around a suicide case and has been selected in the 'Debate' category, and 'Titli', another debut effort by director Kanu Bahl which premiered at the 'Cannes Film Festival' earlier this year in the Un Certain Regard strand.
At the London Film Festival, this Dibakar Banerjee production has been selected in the 'Dare' category for its deft handling of inter-male oppression in the Indian society.
A documentary entry by Priya Sen titled 'Noon Day Dispensary' traces the work of a government-run free dispensary in Savda-Ghevra, Delhi's most recent settlement colony.
Besides, Indian food takes centre-stage in a London-centric short film 'Two Dosas' by British Asian filmmaker Sarmad Masud.
This year's film festival brings together a total of 245 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, nine international premieres, and 38 titles coming to Europe for the first time.
The festival will open with a gala screening of Alan Turing's drama 'The Imitation Game' and close with David Ayers' tank drama 'Fury'.
Among the other highlights, Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' starring Steve Carell and Sienna Miller, will get its UK premiere.
BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart said: "Featuring enthralling performances from its entire cast and directed with unswerving rigour, 'Foxcatcher' not only confirms Bennett Miller as one of the world's most significant contemporary filmmakers, it powerfully demonstrates the clarity of his vision: get to the truth by creating fiction out of fact."