FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ENZIAN PRESENTS THE 20TH ANNUAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Orlando, FL – (September 12, 2014) – Beyond Bollywood: The 20th Annual South Asian Film Festival, taking place October 11th – 13th, showcases diverse images of South Asian (India/Pakistan) culture and heritage through acclaimed independent films from across the globe. This program is part of Enzian’s cultural festival circuit and is co-presented with the Asian Cultural Association and sponsored by Orlando Weekly.
BLOUSE Southeast Premiere! When a schoolteacher who works out of town asks his newlywed wife what she’d like for a gift, her request is simple enough: a new blouse made by the village’s famous tailor. But when he can’t find the sample blouse from which to copy her measurements, the tailor suggests a risky plan involving the husband ogling the village women’s figures to try and match his wife’s chest size. A sweet and funny love story with a twist, BLOUSE won the Best Short Film award at the 2014 New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF). India, 2014, In Hindi with English subtitles, 20 min, Directed by Vijayeta
HANK AND ASHA In this charming and innovative romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters—two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of 13 major film festival awards including the Audience Award at Slamdance 2013, HANK AND ASHA is a classic tale of young love and a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life’s what-ifs. USA, 2013, In English, 73 min, Directed by James E. Duff
BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES Southeast Premiere! For Prithvi (a boy wonder who hopes to be the sport’s next superstar like Sachin Tendulkar), Sudhir (a fanatic who bikes across India from game to game), and Akshaya (a young girl who sees the game as a way out of poverty), cricket is a religion. Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), BEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES follows the fascinating stories of these three characters, leading up to the World Cup of Cricket in the spring of 2011, and chronicles their struggle to celebrate this beloved sport against overwhelming odds in life. Both entertaining and enlightening, this is a window, not just into the world of cricket, but also into life in India in the 21st century. USA/India, 2013, In Hindi with English subtitles, 97 min, Directed by Sushrut Jain
SIDDHARTH SIDDHARTH is the spellbinding tale of one father’s journey across India in search of his son. Mahendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends 12-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn’t come home for the Diwali holiday, Mahendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, the father desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took his boy might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful that won this year’s Audience Award for Best Feature at the 2014 IFFLA, SIDDHARTH sheds light on the estimated 44,000 children that go missing in India every year. Canada/India, 2013, In Hindi with English subtitles, 96 min, Directed by Richie Mehta
THE AUCTION HOUSE: A TALE OF TWO BROTHERS Southeast Premiere! The auction houses of Calcutta used to be where the rich and famous found the right high-end objects to decorate their homes. Today, the family-owned Russell Exchange is the last one to remain and the oldest in India. Run by younger brother Arshad for the last forty years, the Exchange resembles more of a yard sale than an elite auction site, but at least it is still there. Now older brother Anwer is moving back from England with hopes of using his Western business acumen to bring the company into the 21st century. No matter their intentions and hopes, has time passed the Russell Exchange? THE AUCTION HOUSE is an intimate, funny and thoughtful portrait of two brothers, and a whole nation, as they face the future by remembering their past. UK/India, 2014, In English, Bengali, Hindi and Bhojpuri with English subtitles, 85 min, Directed by Ed Owles
BRAHMIN BULLS Filmmaker in Attendance! Southeast Premiere! In director Mahesh Pailoor’s tender and touching debut, Roshan Seth and Sendhil Ramamurthy star as Ashok and Sid, an estranged father and son brought back together by Ashok’s unannounced arrival on Sid’s doorstep. Each man has his secrets. Sid is recently separated from his wife and on the brink of a career collapse, while Ashok – officially in town for an engineering convention – seeks to reunite with an old flame (Oscar® winner Mary Steenburgen). The two begin a tentative journey toward reconciliation, but when Sid’s self-destructive tendencies get the better of him, and the true purpose of Ashok’s visit is revealed, parent and child must work even harder to close the rift between them. BRAHMIN BULLS is an unforgettable, humorous, and authentic look at the difficulties that come with maintaining a family bond. USA, 2013, In English, 96 min, Directed by Mahesh Pailoor
TICKETS: Series Pass – $45 or Individual Tickets – $10 Table Reservations are not available for this event.
WHERE: Enzian Theater & Eden Bar Lawn, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
INFO: Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international film, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for more than 28 years, is home to the Florida Film Festival and Eden Bar. For additional information, visit Enzian.org or call general information at (407) 629-1088