The Indian Film Festival The Hague is just less than two weeks away from now! This year the festival is celebrating its five-year anniversary and events will be taking place across the city. It promises the audience eight days full of colors, personalities and emotions. So The Hague, be prepared!
We browsed through their 2015 film program and picked out our top three festival favorites: Margarita, Court and One Crazy Thing. To scroll through their the full program, click here.
Margarita, with a Straw
Shonali Bose | 2014 | 100’ | Drama / Romance | Hindi & English (with English subtitles)
Actor Kalki Koechlin delivers a compelling performance in this funky, stereotype-busting coming-of-age tale of a Punjabi teenage girl with cerebral palsy, based on a true story. In spite of her disability, Laila is a high achiever at her high school in Delhi, but struggles with people either ignoring her or making tokenistic efforts to highlight her disability. She seeks solace in her best male buddy and her ever vigilant mum. Winning a scholarship to study in New York, Laila is excited to break for the border. As her carer mum heads back to Delhi, confident Laila starts to grow emotionally and explore this new world and its liberal sexuality. She accidentally joins in a NY street demonstration where she meets and soon falls for a young Pakistani, but love and discovering one’s own true identity is a road hard won and returning to India her emotional ties – new and old – are put to a bitter test.
Unusual only because it’s so rarely seen on screen, Margarita, with a Straw is an exceptional portrait of a woman discovering what she wants, and how to get it.
Chaitanya Tamhane | 2014 | 116’ | Drama | Marathi, Hindi, English & Gujarati (with English subtitles)
One Crazy Thing
Amit Gupta | 2015 | 90’ | Comedy / Romance | English
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