By Yash Thakur. Posted on November 18, 2015
Indian cinema continues to make an impact in the farthest corners of the world. This year, as Estonia's capital Tallinn hosts its' 19th Black Nights Film Festival, a few Indian films will screen in the beautiful Baltic city & woo European audiences out there. With over 250 feature films screened each year, BNFF is one of the biggest film festivals of North Eastern Europe. Indian films such as Baahubali: The Beginning, Umrika and Island City are all set to play at the festival this year. To add to this illustrious list is Sudhanshu Saria's Loev, an unusual love story between two men set in Mumbai.
The film is set to play in the 'Tridents First Feature' Competition', that contains 14 world and international premieres. Festival director Tiina Lokk said of the selection: “The festival was looking for the birth of an artist with an original and strong vision, and the ability to engage the audiences with universally graspable messages.”
A Still From 'Loev'
Loev stars Shiv Pandit (Shaitan, Boss), Dhruv Ganesh (Teen Patti, Table No. 21) and Siddharth Menon (Peddlers, Rajwade and Sons) and is a nuanced, mature look at modern relationships and the complex, often undefinable nature of love in today's times. Set in Mumbai, the film unfolds over the course of a road trip to Mahabaleshwar- as two friends connect, bond and struggle to understand the buried tensions in their relationship. The film is dedicated to Dhruv Ganesh who passed away after the shooting due to Tuberculosis.
Sudhanshu is a graduate of Ithaca College's film school in New York. His short film ‘His New Hands’ won Best Film prizes at WorldFest Houston and Flyway Film Festival and played at more than 25 international film festivals. ‘Loev’ was earlier screened for a handful of festivals at Cannes 2015 and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival reached out, wanting to feature the film in its inaugural Tridens competition and as the only film from India.
Speaking about the film, director Sudhanshu Saria says it’s a "post-gay" film to him- where characters aren’t defined by their sexuality- it’s not a film riding on ‘social issues’. “I’m done with the depressingly stale, cliched stories of gay men being persecuted, coming out and being ostracized. That’s not my experience of Mumbai. I’m not denying that narrative, but there is more to this world than that.”
The 19th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will take place from 13th-29th November, 2015.