Canada | 2013 | 96 minutes | Richie Mehta
When his 12-year-old son goes missing, a street merchant begins a desperate search, hindered by the man’s poverty, illiteracy, and the challenge of locating anyone in a country of a billion souls.
June 3, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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June 4, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11
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Canadian-born writer-director Richie Mehta returns to India (the setting for his celebrated debut, Amal) and applies an indie approach to a classic story of familial strife. At the age of 12, Siddharth is mainly interested in playing with his friends. When Mehendra, Siddharth’s father, feels the family finances tightening because of his failing zipper repair business, he ignores his wife’s protests and sends his son away to work in a factory in Punjab, 200 miles north of Delhi. Concern mounts when Siddharth fails to return home for the Diwali holiday. They’re eventually told that he ran away two weeks prior, but conflicting stories indicate that he may have been abducted. The family is too poor to have photos that will aid in the police search, and lack the resources or know-how to begin their own. Nevertheless, Mehendra sets out to find his son, lost among the billion citizens of India. Siddharth is a quietly devastating drama that perfectly captures India’s sense of place, with naturalistic performances and an unsentimental script that build an emotional undercurrent to a knockout peak.
Richie Mehta’s first feature film, Amal, has won over 30 international awards, was nominated for 6 Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, and was named one of the top ten Canadian films of the decade by Playback Magazine. Mehta recently completed the sci-fi feature film I'll Follow You Down, starring Haley Joel Osment, Gillian Anderson, Rufus Sewell, and Victor Garber, to be released later in 2014.
Sponsored by South Asia Center UW, Delta Air Lines, Consulate General of Canada
|Principal Cast:||Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Geeta Agrawal Sharma, Shobha Sharma Jassi|
|Running Time:||96 minutes|
|Producer:||Steven N. Bray, David Miller, Richie Mehta|
|Editors:||Stuart A. McIntrye, Richie Mehta|
|Music:||Andrew Lockington, Lalit Malik|
|Filmography:||I’ll Follow You Down (2013); Amal (2007)|
|US Distributor:||Zeitgeist Films|
|International Sales:||Fortissimo Films|