Following news of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), UK-India co-production The Hungry will now make its European and Asian premieres at the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI).
A Cinestaan Film Company/Film London co-production, the Naseeruddin Shah-Tisca Chopra-starrer drama follows Tulsi Joshi (Chopra), a widow and bride-to-be, who arrives at her own wedding seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her first-born son. Based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, The Hungry explores the violence that exists between power and love — a macabre fairytale set in the elite circles of northern India.
The film is written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee and co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam.
Says Rohit Khattar, chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, “We at Cinestaan Film Company are delighted that following The Hungry’s world premiere at TIFF, it will be premiering in its twin home cities, London and Mumbai. The film was born from a project to bring the UK and India film industries together and the unique collaboration that has seen this project come to life will get the launch its filmmaking team richly deserves.”
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said, “As well as being an exciting film in its own right, The Hungry is also a truly unique collaboration that germinated in the UK and flourished in India. As such, it’s entirely fitting that the film will have its European premiere at LFF and its Asian showcase at MAMI. We couldn’t be prouder to be sharing the film with the world through Microwave International. And having it shown to the world at a trio of renowned festivals — Toronto, London and Mumbai — is testament to the creativity, passion and determination of everyone involved. My congratulations go out to the filmmakers, and my thanks to our partners Cinestaan Film Company, the British Council, SUMS and Amazon. This is very much the beginning of the film’s journey, and I can’t wait to see what the world thinks of it.”
Briony Hanson, director (film), British Council said, “This year we celebrate UK/India 2017, a year-long cultural exchange between two countries that have a huge amount of shared history and heritage. This serves as the perfect backdrop for the film’s European and Indian premieres, and October promises to be an exciting month for everyone involved in the film and everyone who loves exciting cinema.”
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi, Arjun Gupta, Sayani, Antonio Aakeel and Suraj Sharma, the film will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 7 and 8.