In this gorgeous and evocative hand-painted animated feature, a single red rose weaves together three fantastical tales of unsung heroes and impossible loves. In the sensual animation, there is an ethereal brightness to the chaotic Mumbai streetscapes where Bollywood cinema is both satirized and romanticized. Fresh from rave reviews at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, this captivating jewel will entrance you and should not be missed. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS.
Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage in Person!! Vithanage's searing masterpiece is a period drama that takes on caste conflict and British colonial influences in Sri Lanka in the early 1800s. Drawing from a wide palette that ranges from historical drama to nuanced and exceptional storytelling, his camera work is transfixing as he crafts a deeply empathetic film that is simultaneously heart-wrenching and hopeful. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS.
A magical and witty, off-beat take on the road movie, this meditative film journeys through the breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh. Driven to the end of his wits by the cacophony of Mumbai – the noisiest city in the world – Chauffeur Namdev sets off in search of the fabled Silent Valley. A clever heart-warming odyssey with an unforeseeable twist. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS.
A quietly shocking film blends gentle romance and body horror into a unique cinematic experience. A doctor and a doctoral student find common ground in their shared love for unconventional meat-eating traditions. Hazarika masterfully concocts a tale of love and addiction, that builds slowly – from a lilting rhythm to a pounding finale. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE INFO AND TICKETS.
Bollywood at the Castro!! Set in the picturesque city of love — Paris — this exuberant romantic comedy stars Bollywood’s hottest stars, Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor, as two commitment-phobic friends who start a casual relationship.
A magical coming-of-age tale that follows Dhunu and her frolicking band of friends, as they rock out to their styrofoam instruments and dream of becoming real musicians. "Village Rockstars" is India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019.
Bollywood at the Castro!! Serving up a dazzling array of musical showstoppers and cameos by nearly every Bollywood star, "Om Shanti Om" is a blockbuster extravaganza for the ages. Director Farah Khan pulls out all the stops, and Shah Rukh Khan breaks out his disco moves in this star-studded tribute to the swinging 70's.
Dubbed the "Bernie Sanders of India," Arvind Kejriwal shook up the status quo of the Indian political system in the last national election. This revolutionary shift in India's mainstream political establishment is exposed in this gripping documentary. Followed by panel discussion.
Live multimedia performance! Accomplished musician and composer for film Gingger Shankar celebrates the life and work of her mother (Viji Shankar) and grandmother (Lakshmi Shankar) - renowned artists and close collaborators with Ravi Shankar and George Harrison (The Beatles).
3rd i's Saturday Night at the Castro!! "Parched" takes the riot of Bollywood and infuses it with an indie vision in this warm and incisive film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Leena Yadav examines the complex lived experiences of women in India through the strident lens of "sex in the village" and produces a film that is raucously full of girl power.
Director Sami Khan and Actor Rupak Ginn in Person!! Featuring stunning cinematography, Sami Khan's outstanding feature Khoya is a nuanced thriller about the universal quest to find home and belonging. When Rog Moreau’s mother dies, the adoptive ties to his Canadian identity begin to feel tenuous, setting him off on a journey to India to unravel the mystery surrounding his adoption.
Director Shilpa Ranade and Musician Narayan Parasuram in Person!! Set in a world full of vibrant music and color, Shilpa Ranade’s magical film is an animated adaptation of one of Indian master Satyajit Ray's most beloved works, and premiered to great acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival. This timeless fable follows the hilarious misadventures of Goopi and Bagha, two tuneless musicians banished from their villages for their cacophonous music.
Aadish Keluskar’s bold and innovative "Kaul" can only be described as a truly transformative cinematic experience. Deeply inspired by the films of Tarkovsky and Bela Tarr, and firmly rooted in a Marathi milieu, Keluskar delivers a uniquely visceral film that brings equal measure of the surreal and the sublime.
Join us for Bollywood at the Castro - one of the most popular events at the festival! This year's inter-stellar offering takes Bollywood exuberance in a whole new direction apt for the 21st century. Superstar Aamir Khan shines as the titular PK, an inquisitive space alien who lands on Earth and shakes up society, in director Rajkumar Hirani’s (3 idiots) subversive comedy.
Join us for a special reception at the Castro Mezzanine following the screening of the film Tigers, and meet festival guests up close and personal! Enjoy food and drinks, and let the DJ get your feet wet for our Bollywood at the Castro screening of PK.
Followed by Q&A with Syed Raza Aamir Hussain and Shaftaq Batool Raza, the real-life heroes behind the story A gripping feature film based on the true story of a young Pakistani salesman who challenges the system when he discovers the devastating effects of the infant formula he is selling. Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi (The Dirty Picture) and National Award-winning actress Geetanjali Thapa (Liar's Dice) bring pathos, nuance and passion to their roles, in the hands of Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land).
A delightful and heart-warming dramatic comedy that paints a vivid portrait of urban street kids, with hope and initiative. In a Chennai slum, two young brothers set out to realize their dream: to get their first taste of pizza. While reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, this film finds a way to shift the lens to an exuberantly Indian perspective.
Introduced by Prof. Gitanjali Shahani, English Dept., SFSU Vishal Bharadwaj's acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare – Haider – brings the passion of Hamlet to life by masterfully fusing Bollywood scale and spectacle with indie sensibilities. Basharat Peer's brilliant script transposes the Shakespearean classic to the conflict in Kashmir. With stand-out performances by Shahid Kapoor (Jab We Met, Dil Bole Hadippa), Tabu (Life of Pi, The Namesake), and Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Slumdog Millionaire).
Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested.
West Coast Premier Afia Nathaniel in Person! The starkly beautiful and forbidding mountains of Pakistan provide the setting for this edge-of-your-seat thriller from Afia Nathaniel. Pakistan’s Official Entry to the Oscars. Followed by Castro Reception with the Filmmakers.
San Francisco Premier Followed by a live performance by the artists on the occasion of Pt. Chitresh Das' 70th Birthday! An unlikely friendship develops between the master of precision, Indian kathak dancer Chitresh Das, and freestyler Jason Samuels Smith, African American tap dancer in this magical collaboration captured on film.
San Francisco Premier Followed by panel discussion An exceptional and riveting directorial debut, using the great dramatic tradition of forbidden love between lower-caste and upper-caste teenagers to create a powerful multidimensional narrative that’s anything but clichéd.
Bollywood at the Castro!
A remarkably fresh comedy, with lots of sizzle and eye candy to boot! Two professional wedding guests, with commitment issues, find themselves in a modern desi love triangle that's anything but conventional. Parineeti Chopra is vivacious, Rishi Kapoor is a delight, and the city of Jaipur sets a gorgeous backdrop for the film. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2013.
Filmmaker in Person!
Sumar, best known for her astonishing feature Silent Waters, makes a triumphant return with this uplifting tale. Chance and willfulness propel Rafina's rise as a fashion model in the city of Karachi. In Sumar's deft hands, her story becomes the story of today's Pakistan, trying to reconcile the demands of tradition and the aspirations of modernity.
Filmmaker in Person!
Nishtha Jain (City of Photos, Lakshmi and Me) returns to the Bay Area with this thriller disguised as a documentary! In Bundelkhand, India, a revolution is in the making among the fiery women of the Gulabi Gang who empower themselves and take up the fight against gender violence, caste oppression and widespread corruption.
Filmmaker in Person!
For Prithvi, Sudhir, and Akshaya, cricket is a religion. Both entertaining and enlightening, this doc follows the story of these three characters: a fan(atic) who bikes across India from game to game, a boy wonder who hopes to be the next Sachin Tendulkar, and a young girl who sees cricket as a way out of poverty.
Bollywood at the Castro A great cocktail needs the right mix - and this one only delivers but packs a punch, and a twist! Homi Adjania takes the classic masala love triangle - complete with song and dance and high camp - and gives it a modern flavor in this recent blockbuster from Bollywood.
Following the screening of Decoding Deepak. Meet all our festival guests up close and personal! Enjoy food and drinks, get you photos with our celebrity guests, and let the DJ get your feet wet for our Bollywood at the Castro screening.
Gotham Chopra in Person. Spiritual icon Deepak Chopra is the focus of this doc, an audience favorite at the SXSW Film Festival. Made by Gotham Chopra, it separates the man from the myth with a raw honesty only a son can have. But what starts as decoding quickly becomes an allegory of a world trying to make sense of itself.
Delicately crafted, both in story and visual style, this beautiful, emotional tale explores the unusual alliance between an elderly Indian woman (with a irrational fear of Africans) and a South African orphan in post-Apartheid South Africa. Based on Luthra’s earlier short, which won over 40 international awards including an Oscar nomination.
Pahuja goes behind-the-scenes at the Miss India Pageant and the Hindu fundamentalist movement to capture the tension between traditional and modern perspectives toward women in today’s India. A timely expose on the fundamental contradictions of a country in transition.
This striking film by first-time director Gurvinder Singh uses exquisite cinematography and an unusual cast of characters to portray a day in the life of a rural Punjabi family facing the demolition of their village. A worthy tribute to the legend of Indian cinema, the late Mani Kaul, who was executive producer on the film.