INDIA: The 19th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart takes place from 20 to 24 July 2022 at Innenstadt Kinos Stuttgart. Organiser is Filmbro Baden-Wrttemberg. The main sponsor is Andreas Lapp, Honorary Consul of the Republic of India for Baden-Wrttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and cable entrepreneur in Stuttgart. The state of Baden-Wrttemberg and the state capital Stuttgart support the Film Festival. Stuttgart and the Indian metropolis of Mumbai have been twinned for decades. For almost two decades, the Indian Film Festival Stuttgart has been a highlight in the cultural summer program in Baden-Wrttemberg.
THEY RISK IT ALL FOR THEIR DREAMS
Hindi remake of ‘Run Lola Run’ – ‘Skater Girl’ rolls away from prejudice – Rap musical with slum kids – ‘Big B’ Amitabh Bachchan as football coach
To make their dream of freedom come true, these heroines and heroes risk it all: In ‘Skater Girl’ by Manjari Makijany, young Prerna rolls away from old village traditions and prejudices. In the Hindi remake ‘Looop Lapeta’ by Aakash Bhatia, Tom Tykwer’s Lola must race against the clock once more and take the right turn. In the rap musical ‘Tangra Blues’ by Supriyo Sen, young people emulate their idol ‘Gully Boy’ in the shadow of vicious street fights. India’s superstar Amitabh Bachchan – Big B for short – plays the founder of a slum football team in ‘Jhund’ by Nagraj Manjule. In ‘Mehrunisa’ by Sandeep Kumar, after her husband’s death, a widow burns their double bed to make room for a free new life. Three young women break a taboo in Cheepatakadumpa’ by Devashish Makhija and talk to each other about sexuality. And committed women never give up; they conquer the digital world in ‘Writing with Fire’ by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas with their initially printed newspaper.
Nothing is impossible in the films at the 19th Indian Film Festival Stuttgart – subject to courage, power, and vision. Finally, back on the big screen are almost 30 current films, directed by great storytellers from all over India. From 20 to 24 July 2022, the Film Festival will provide a unique overview of the new Indian cinema at Innenstadt Kinos Stuttgart (Gloria, EM, and Cinema). The multi-faceted program appeals to all generations. Those who present their VVS ticket at the box office will be granted discounted admission.
Relationship between servant and master
The audience gets to know people in India who put all their eggs in one basket to lead a self-determined life. The tender opening film ‘Shankar’s Fairies’ by director Irfana Majumdar is about the relationship between servant and master as well as friendships between generations. The sensitively staged drama, which is set in 1962 in the North of India, focuses on two people from different backgrounds who are bonded by a shared love of stories.
Young, bold, and against all odds Bengali cinema is represented by Supriyo Sen’s brightly colored rap musical ‘Tangra Blues’. Composer Anindit Roy contributes great rap songs to the musical thriller. Kolkata’s slum is ruled by the law of the street and the kids’ dream of great fame. The Festival audience gets to know popular youngsters of Indian cinema and simply must root for the strong-voiced heroines and heroes. The same target group as ‘Tangra Blues’ is addressed by ‘ Skater Girl’, boldly and confidently directed by Manjari Makijani. Village girl Prerna grows up in a world where men have the say. Girls are kitchen maids and are prepared for an arranged marriage. Only boys whizz through the village on skateboards. Prerna does away with outdated role concepts and dashes ‘on wheels’ into the world of her dreams.
With ‘Looop Lapeta’ by Aakash Bhatia, the Festival brings a Hindi remake of the German 90s cult film ‘Run Lola Run’ by Tom Tykwer to the big screen. Taapsee Pannu excels in the lead role and it’s going to be interesting for the audience to see how the race in Goa works out.
‘Big B’ is back: India’s superstar Amitabh Bachchan coaches slum kids
A reunion with Amitabh Bachchan, the uncrowned king of Indian cinema, brings the biopic ‘Jhund’ by Nagraj Manjule about Vijay Barse, the founder of the NGO Slum Soccer. Not only different teams but also worlds meet on the football pitch. Bachchan is convincing as a calm, sensitive coach with his hands in his pockets and his eyes on his mission.
What you absolutely have to see
One of the must-see films at the Festival is ‘Adieu Godard’ by Amartya Bhattacharyya. An old man who regularly rents pornography from the video store in his conservative village accidentally discovers the world of French director Jean-Luc Godard. From then on, he concentrates on Godard’s works and makes the villagers marvel and shake their heads about his idea of a Godard film festival.
Further strong representatives of modern Indian cinema are screened in Stuttgart: In Ritwik Pareek’s wonderfully satirical debut film ‘Dug Dug’, fake news glorifies someone killed in an accident: A cyclist is transfigured into a saint and founder of a religion. Religious commerce and idolatry are exposed with irreverence and wit.