The festival is devoted to Indian cinema and culture, and features critically acclaimed independent films from India, Bollywood kitsch, documentaries, film shorts and more. The IFFLA is showing 33 films in total this year. Fest passes are $100 for access to all screenings (excluding galas). Pick them up here. Individual screening passes are $14.
Check out all of the festival’s films and buy tickets here.
This year Amoeba presents the following films:
Writers (Sulemani Keeda)
Thursday, April 10
Sulemani Keeda, which means “pain in the ass” in Hindi street slang, is billed as a slacker bromantic comedy. Two writing partners want to shake up Bollywood but instead get rejected by producers and spend their time hitting on girls at bookstores and poetry slams. Things change when a drug-addled son of a B-movie producer hires them to write a salacious arthouse film. One of the writers meets a beautiful photographer, making him question his choice to sell out. Director Amit V Masurkar casts his friends in the film and shoots guerrilla style to keep things real.
Saturday, April 12
In what sounds like an Indian take on an Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-style multicharacter drama, a rookie cop’s split-second decision unfolds into three separate, nerve-wracking scenarios. Writer/director Amit Kumar’s debut film explores the ripple effects our choices have, with the different choices the officer makes resulting in three miniature films within a film.
In addition, the fest’s opening night gala April 8 at 7:30 p.m. will feature a screening of Sold, starring Gillian Anderson, David Arquette and Seema Biswas, executive produced by Emma Thompson and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown. Sold delves into the world of child trafficking through the eyes of one girl. Tickets to the screening only are $25 (those are sold out) and the gala plus screening is $75; you can get tickets here.
On the film’s closing night April 13 at 7 p.m., the festival will screen Jadoo, a film that explores family dynamics through two feuding brothers’ restaurants. It will be followed by an exclusive afterparty at Nirvana-Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills. Screening tickets are $25 for Jadoo, while tickets to the screening, closing night gala and afterparty are $75; both are available here.
Watch the official trailer for IFFLA 2014: