The story of Road, Movie continues its successful international launch with its Middle East premiere at the inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) in November. This third accolade in quick succession follows its crowd pleasing reception at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and its eagerly awaited Asian premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival later this month.
Road, Movie which has been described as ‘India’s Cinema Paradiso’, follows Vishnu (Abhay Deol), a restless young man who rejects his father's faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema in search of freedom.
Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, the movie celebrates India’s panorama and the pure love of film. Deol is supported by Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee. The picture boosts stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with a memorable score by Michael Brook.
“The triple festival selection of Toronto, Tokyo and now Doha Tribeca confirms Road, Movie’s global appeal and crossover potential,” said CEO of The Indian Film Company, Sandeep Bhargava. “DTFF is a perfect fit as it offers the best work from independent filmmakers to cinema lovers across the Middle East. We hope the public audiences in Doha enjoy the film as much as they did in Toronto.”
Dev Benegal’s debut feature - English, August (1994) - was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999.