The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson's new award winning comedy set in India, will be screened as the opening night film of the 45th annual New York Film Festival next on Friday.
Starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, The Darjeeling Limited is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.
The Fox Searchlight film, which recently won the Golden Lion Cub Award and nomination for the Golden Lion Award at the 64th annual Venice Film Festival, will release exclusively in two New York theatres on September 29 and then expand across North America through October. It will open in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Toronto on October 5.
Meanwhile, the fourth annual 2007 South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) on October 3-9 in New York City will present the North American Premiere of Rajshree Ojha's critically acclaimed first feature film Chaurahen (Crossroads).
The film, almost like snippets of collected photographs, brings together similar disconnected people in search for something to overcome the mundane of reality.
"I was inspired by Nirmal Verma's short story about three different couples based in Mumbai, Kolkata and Kochi. It is a complex narrative about the six characters and their angst expressed in their regional languages - Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi - and English," essays the debutant director.
"I wanted to show (overseas audiences) that there is more to India than poverty and mysticism. I want to show that we may wear saris and bindis but we think modern thoughts and have regular ethos and pathos like them," she adds.
"Ojha has created a beautiful and different narrative feature for Indian cinema," said SAIFF Festival Director Manjri Srivastava. "Along with our other independent features and documentaries this year, we are honoured to present 'Chaurahen' to the SAIFF audience this year."
Rajshree Ojha was born and raised in India and graduated from New York University in 1998. She received her masters at the American Film Institute (AFI) in 2002, and her film "Badger" won the AFI Spirit of Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction.
She has participated in several film productions in New York, India and Los Angeles. Rajshree was featured as the Next Wave of Filmmakers to emerge from AFI in daily "Variety" in June 2003. She was also honoured by The Directors Guild of America (DGA) as a new Asian Voice.