FOLLOWING NORTH AMERICA, ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST PREMIERES, DEV BENEGAL’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FEATURE WILL HAVE ITS EUROPEAN PREMIERE AT THE 60TH BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
Mumbai: Monday, 21 December, 2009 – The Indian Film Company (TIFC) has announced ROAD, MOVIE, Dev Benegal’s endearing tale of a young man who takes a travelling cinema truck on a life-changing journey across the sublime Indian landscape continues its successful festival run with its European premiere at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus programme. ROAD, MOVIE’s presentation in Berlin demonstrates its audience appeal following its world premiere in Toronto during September and subsequence crowd pleasing receptions in Tokyo and Doha.
ROAD, MOVIE was co-produced by TIFC and Susan B. Landau (An Ideal Husband).and Academy Award® nominee Ross Katz (Lost in Translation, In the Bedroom)
Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, “We are delighted to bring this crowd pleasing film to Berlin. ROAD, MOVIE presents the hopes and desires of the younger generation in India as well as revealing universal truths that we must all accept and embrace.”
ROAD, MOVIE follows Vishnu (played by screen sensation Abhay Deol) as a restless young man who rejects his father's faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom. Along the journey Vishnu ponder his life's priorities as he learns to appreciate his culture and the power of friendship and love. Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film. Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee. The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.
Dev Benegal’s debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.
The 60th Berlin International Film Festival will run between 11-21 February, 2010.