Bombay Rose is the 1st Indian animation feature to open International Critics Week at Venice International Film Festival
Venice, August 2019: Bombay Rose, produced by Cinestaan Film Company and created, written and directed by Gitanjali Rao had its World Premiere as the opening film of the International Critics Week at Venice International Film Festival.
The first reviews of the film are out and the film has opened to an overwhelming response from audiences and critics. Screen International has described Bombay Rose as “a stunningly realised work of animated film-making" while Variety says that “It’s opulent palette may be its very richest asset. The film has actually been painted frame by frame . Even by the standards of artisan arthouse animation — a realm as far removed from Disney as mumblecore is from Marvel — it’s quite a vision.”
Said, Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, “We are so proud that Bombay Rose has had its World Premiere at such a prestigious festival. We are delighted with the response and I congratulate Gitanjali, my team and everyone else who have helped in creating this beautiful film.”
Says Gitanjali Rao - “The response to Bombay Rose has been overwhelming. I have worked hard to evidence the skill of Indian animators and storytellers and Venice’s response has proved that the hard work has paid off. I am delighted that Bombay Rose is discovering such an enthusiastic audiences after 6 years in the making.”
Bombay Rose is the first Indian Animation Film ever selected to open Venice Critic’s Week. The film will have its North American premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on 7 September 2019. Bombay Rose has also been selected as part of Special Presentations to play at the BFI London Film Festival 2019.
Last week, the film had released their trailer which can be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkwlSLcjwfI
Bombay Rose is the long-awaited feature debut of India’s leading animator Gitanjali Rao. It is the story of a flower seller who has to make the choice between protecting her family or allowing herself to fall in love. This touching story is set on the streets of Mumbai and moves from real life to fantasy, accompanied by much-loved Bollywood songs from the cinema halls. Painted frame by frame, for which Gitanjali is famed, Bombay Rose is a chronicle of the people who migrate from small towns, seeking minimal life in the maximum city.
Produced by Anand Mahindra and Rohit Khattar and financed by Cinestaan Film Company (who also recently executive produced the 3 Academy Award nominated ‘Cold War’), Bombay Rose has been written, designed and directed by Gitanjali Rao. The film is in co-production with Film d’Ici and was delivered at Mumbai based PaperBoat Animation Studios. Working creatively alongside Gitanjali was acclaimed sound designer P M Satheesh.