27th July 2017 , (Date) ‘‘The Hungry’
, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, will premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a bold new adaptation that tells the story of a vengeful mother at the lavish wedding of two wealthy families, updating the original play’s themes of corruption, greed and revenge for a global audience.
A rare example of an Indo-UK co-production, the revenge thriller is being delivered by Film London
and Cinestaan Film Company
using the former’s filmmaking scheme, Microwave as its model. The film has brought together filmmaking talent from India and the UK, key to which was a rigorous selection and training programme funded by The British Council.
The Hungry has a stunning international cast that includes Naseeruddin Shah (Monsoon Wedding, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Tisca Chopra (24 India, Like Stars on Earth, Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost), Arjun Gupta (How to Get Away with Murder, Nurse Jackie, Bridge and Tunnel), Neeraj Kabi (Viceroy’s House, Talvar, Ship of Theseus), Sayani Gupta (Margarita with a Straw, Fan, Parched) and Antonio Aakeel (City of Tiny Lights, Skins). The film is written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee (Lets Be Out, The Sun is Shining) and co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta (Chittagong, Sold) and Kurban Kassan (The Party, 20,000 Days on Earth, Ginger and Rosa). This is Bornila’s directorial debut.
Earlier this year, Amazon Prime Video
had announced an alliance with Cinestaan Film Company
to exclusively stream The Hungry
, Dev Bhoomi
and A Death in the Gunj
exclusively on Amazon Prime Video
Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company
, said, “The Hungry
being selected to premiere at TIFF, a festival dedicated to presenting the best of international cinema, is a very fulfilling moment for us. I congratulate Bornila and the entire cast and crew and thank Film London as well as my amazing team at Cinestaan Film Company and C International Sales. We do hope our wonderful experience with The Hungry shall encourage others to explore such international collaborations as this is what truly makes storytelling a universal process.”
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London
and the British Film Commission
"Film London is very proud and pleased alongside Cinestaan to have been part of the commission and creation of The Hungry and to see this talented group of filmmakers realise their unique vision of Shakespeare. Toronto is one of the most prestigious and influential film festivals in the world so it a terrific achievement that The Hungry has been invited to Premiere there and we are very excited to see the audiences reaction in such a great cinematic environment."
About Cinestaan Film Company
Cinestaan Film Company is a boutique film studio committed to championing stories that resonate with global audiences. By building an international brand for films with an India connect, Cinestaan strives to nurture and continue India’s rich cinematic legacy, supporting both national and international cinemas. Releasing next is Delhi Belly writer, Akshat Verma’s directorial debut ‘Kaalakaandi’, starring Saif Ali Khan followed by a 50-50 Co-production with IFC. In addition, there are several films in different stages of development including international ones.
Cinestaan Film Company develops, produces, sells and distributes films across the world. C International Sales, its Sales Agency has successfully represented critically acclaimed films like “A Death in the Gunj” and “Hotel Salvation” (Mukti Bhawan) internationally. Its overseas JV with AA Films, “Cinestaan AA Distributors”, recently distributed “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” in key overseas territories and “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” worldwide. More details at www.cinestaanfilmcompany.com
About Film London
Film London is the capital’s screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city’s new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England and Creative Skillset.
Film London’s activities include:
• Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London’s position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games.
• Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes.
• Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital’s screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events.
• Maximising access to the capital’s film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity.
• Promoting London through screen tourism. Film London also manages the British Film Commission through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for International Trade through the BFI. More details at www.britishfilmcommission.org.uk www.filmlondon.org.uk