By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on August 19, 2015
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival just announced its full line-up. A total of six Indian films have been selected this year for this prestigious festival. The Festival has also built a reputation of being committed to its principal objectives: to lead the world in cultural and creative discovery through the moving image, and to showcase Canadian achievements in an international context. TIFF helps audiences discover a diverse array of films, including the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown Canadian talent, Hollywood galas (complete with red-carpet glamour), and everything in between.
Shai Heredia and Shumona Goel's An Old Dog’s Diary will be showcased in the Wavelengths category. The section is known for the portrayal daring, visionary and autonomous voices. The director duo has also edited the movie which was produced by Experimenta India. The movie assembles, in puzzle-piece evocations, a portrait of Indian avant-garde painter Francis Newton Souza, revealing the cultural conditions for his work and its eventual institutionalization.
Pan Nalin's Angry Indian Goddesses will also be showcased at the Special Appearances section. The section showcases high-profile premieres and the world's leading filmmakers. The director is best known for directing award-winning films like Samsara ( "Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention" at AFI Fest and "Most Popular Feature Film" at Melbourne International Film Festival in 2002.), Valley of Flowers, and Ayurveda: Art of Being. The movie is about a a group of women discussing everything — from their careers, sex lives, and secrets to nosy neighbours and street harassment, on the eve of their friend’s wedding in Goa.
Megha Ramaswamy's Bunny, a silent short film will make its North American Premiere in the Short Cuts section. The section showcases the best short films from emerging and established Canadian and international filmmakers. Bunny is an elegiac look at how fantastical childhood is, and evocative of the heartbreak with which we leave it behind. The film revolves around a a little girl mourns the loss of her bunny after it is found "dead" under mysterious circumstances. Her previous short, Newborns, was also featured at Toronto last year and had won worldwide critical acclaim.
Shambhavi Kaul's Fallen Objects is being presented in partnership with Scrap Metal Gallery. This new installation by Indian-American artist-filmmaker is comprised of a large projected video loop composed of seven shots that continuously rearrange themselves based on an internal code, and floorbound sculptures in the form of scraps of cloth — the "fallen objects" of the title.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will take place from September 10-2o, 2015 and will feature more than 100 films this year.