Concerned about your karma? Contemplating a trip to Kolkata? Can’t wait for some khorma? The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles arrives just in time to satisfy your Sub-continent cravings. Here are highlights of the 8th annual IFFLA, which will have you whirling like dervishes with delight, Go Go’ers!
Feel like wearing your slinkiest sari? Red carpet galas open (COOKING WITH STELLA) and close (THE WAITING CITY) the festival. The film’s stars and directors will be in attendance at the receptions, which include music and dance performances, Chakra Cuisine to spice you up and Divya Wines to cool you down. (A percentage of the proceeds from the opening night benefit will go to the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.) The closing night gala includes the 2010 IFFLA Awards Ceremony. (Note: the only way to see either COOKING WITH STELLA or THE WAITING CITY is to buy a gala night ticket or a festival pass; no individual tix to these screenings will be sold.)
For those with a few less rupees to spend, the Wednesday through Sunday line-up offers plenty of great choices including shorts, documentaries, and U.S. and L.A. premieres. Intriguing possibilities include: HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY (India’s Official Entry to the Oscars’ foreign language category) on Wednesday; 3 IDIOTS (the highest grossing film in Hindi cinema history) on Friday; the 1989 cult classic RAKH (a.k.a. ASHES TO ASHES, re-edited for its 20th anniversary) on Saturday; and on Sunday afternoon, THE MAN BEYOND THE BRIDGE, which won the FIPRESCI Prize for Discovery at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Desi fun doesn’t stop in the theater, Go Go’ers! Wednesday through Friday, Rhythm Village Bollywoods up the Arclight Courtyard with music and dance performances courtesy of Rukus Avenue. (Performances begin at 6:00PM.) Finally, for tastebud Nirvana, the DosaTruck will be parked on Sunset on Friday and Saturday with a special Indian Film Festival menu. To get the Festival discount, mention the (shhh!) secret password: “Chutney Popcorn”.
Ms. Go Go wishes all Festival goers, “Ach puur.“ (May your eyesight last forever.)
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….