Mumbai | Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh is all set to be screened at the 14th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), which will open with Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses.
Anu Menon’s Waiting, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin, is the closing film of the festival, which will be held at ArcLight, Hollywood in Los Angeles, California from April 6-10. A total line-up of 27 films (16 features and 11 shorts) will be screened this year. Three films will have their world premiere at the five-day film festival namely, CRD by Kranti Kanade, Babu’s Dilemma by Collin D’Cunha, and Anurag Kashyap produced Mochi (The Cobbler) directed by Saqib Pandor.
In addition, there will be two North American premieres, and ten US premieres. Several features and shorts from female filmmakers will be presented this year by IFFLA including Deepa Mehta’s gangster drama Beeba Boys, Leena Yadav’s Parched, Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City and Rinku Kalsy’s For the Love of a Man.
In the shorts program, Payal Sethi’s Leeches, Megha Ramaswamy’s Bunny, Pritha Chakraborthy’s Ashrut (Silent Voices) and Sonejuhi Sinha’s Love Comes Later will be screened. The festival will feature two LGBT titles, Mehta’s politically-charged Aligarh and the short Daaravtha (The Threshold) by Nishant Roy Bombarde.
India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking, Christina Marouda, Founder of IFFLA said in a statement. Two Tamil films also feature in the program – Visaaranai (Interrogation) and Kirumi (Virus). A host of celebrities will attend the festival including Mehta, Yadav and Kalki.