NFDC’s Island City makes its world premiere to a packed house at the 72nd Venice Film Festival
~ The directorial debut of Ruchika Oberoi stars Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash and Chandan Roy Sanyal~
Mumbai, September 10, 2015: National Film Development Corporation’s Hindi language feature Island City's world premiere at the 72nd Venice Film Festival was a resounding success.
The directorial debut of Ruchika Oberoi starring Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash and Chandan Roy Sanyal is competing in the Venice Days sidebar and had its premiere on 8 September 2015.
The film drew quite a crowd and was screened to a packed house in Italy. The film got a standing ovation and a big round of applause at the end of the screening.
Excited about all the adoration that the film received, Ruchika says, “It was a great feeling to see a packed house for the premiere of our film and to have our work appreciated so much by the audience.”
Vikramjit Roy, Head of Sales & Marketing at NFDC was delighted with the support the film received at Venice and said, "We are elated at the reception received by Island City in Venice and are hoping that this will boost our effort at promoting the film internationally".
About Island City
The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle, but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option.
The second story begins with an autocratic man whose family brings home a television set when he is critically ill and away in a hospital. Now, every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way.
While the third story centers on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.
Incorporated in the year 1975, the National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (a Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) was formed by the Government of India with the primary objective of planning, promoting and organizing an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry in accordance with the national economic policy and objectives laid down by the Central Government from time to time. NFDC was reincorporated in the year 1980 by merging the Film Finance Corporation (FFC) and Indian Motion Picture ExportCorporation (IMPEC) with NFDC. With more than 300 films in 18 regional languages, many of which have earned wide acclaim and won national and international awards, NFDC's architecture aims towards creating a domestic and global appreciation of the Cinemas of India.