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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles 2023 to screen Vishal Bhardwaj’s Khufiya and Atul Sabharwal's Berlin

The film festival will be held from October 11 to 15

PTI Mumbai Published 15.09.23, 09:34 AM
A still from Khufiya.

A still from Khufiya. IMDb

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming spy drama "Khufiya" and Atul Sabharwal-directed "Berlin" will have their world premieres at the 2023 edition of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).

The organisers on Thursday announced that the festival's 21st edition will be held from October 11 to 15. It will showcase six narrative features, two documentaries and 16 short films from 13 countries and in 14 languages, a press release said.


"Khufiya", featuring Tabu, Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, will serve as the opening movie of the film gala. The film is inspired by true events and based on the popular espionage novel "Escape to Nowhere" by Amar Bhushan.

Bhardwaj will host an exclusive masterclass, where the filmmaker will dive into his journey in Indian cinema. He is best known for directing critically-acclaimed titles such as "Maqbool", "Omkara", "Haider" and "Kaminey".

Noted lyricist and screenwriter Varun Grover's directorial debut “All India Rank” will close the festival. The film had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR).

Grover will be attending the film's screening and also deliver a stand-up performance.

Sabharwal's "Berlin" is a spy thriller mystery starring Rahul Bose, Aparshakti Khurana, and Ishwak Singh.

The six narrative features to be screened at the film gala also include "Rapture" by Dominic Sangma, "Aattam" (The Play) by Anand Ekarshi and Manoj Bajpayee's "Joram", directed by Devashish Makhija.

IFFLA will host the US premieres of two documentary features -- "The World is Family" by legendary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and "The Golden Thread" by Nishtha Jain.

"We are thrilled to enter IFFLA’s third decade offering a unique and much needed platform for emerging South Asian storytellers, and bringing a highly curated program to Los Angeles audiences,” IFFLA executive director Christina Marouda said in a statement.

"Los Angeles has become home to countless artists with roots across South Asia and its diasporas. IFFLA has long been a vital touchstone for filmmakers due to both the platform it provides for their work to be seen in the heart of the American film industry as well as the support and networking it has offered the directors, actors, and other film artists who have been a part of the IFFLA ‘family'," she added.

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