US Premiere

Bombay Rose

US Premiere
Gitanjali Rao, India 2019, 96 min.
In Hindi with English subtitles

Sunday, Oct 20, 4:30pm
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The opener of this year’s Critics’ Week in Venice, Gitanjali Rao’s mesmerizing and lovingly hand-painted feature debut is an ode to love, a city and its cinema.

Working class Kamala sells flowers by day and “dances” by night in the hope of escaping Mumbai and ensuring a different life for her sister Tara. Salim, the Bollywood-obsessed Muslim boy from across the street, awakens in her an alternate existence of passion and romance. While the kindly Ms. D’Souza yearns for her youth and the forbidden love of that time, Tipu, a deaf mute hides in plain sight, a child of the streets in the world’s most bustling city. These characters – and more – cross over into one another’s narratives (and lives). Rao laboriously spent six years crafting this ensemble piece – with every brush stroke a discrete celebration of memory, of folk art and mythology, of color and music.

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Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao emerged into the international stage with her animated short, ‘Printed Rainbow’ which premiered in Cannes Critic’s week 2006 and won the Kodak Discovery Award, Petite Rail D’Or and Prix Du Jeune. The film went on to win 25 awards and was short listed for the Oscar in 2008. Her four independently produced animated […]

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