Konkona Sen Sharma film to be screened at Toronto film festival

Konkona Sen Sharma...coming-of-age story.

Konkona Sen Sharma…Coming-of-age story.

Bollywood actress-director Konkona Sen Sharma’s film A Death in the Gunj will be screened at the coveted Toronto Film Festival, which opens on September 8.

A Death in the Gunj is Konkona’s debut film as director.

The film is a coming-of-age story, which traces the journey of five individuals who are on a holiday. It has an ensemble cast including Om Puri, Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Tanuja Mukherjee, Tillotama Shome and Konkona’s estranged husband Ranvir Shorey.

Indian-American filmmaker Mira Nair’s biographical drama Queen of Katwe, starring Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, will also be showcased at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) 11-day festival.

The movie, which has a screenplay by William Wheeler, depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads.

Actors Nawazuddin Siddique and Dev Patel’s Lion, directed by Garth Davis, will also be screened at the film festival. Written by Candy’s Luke Davies, Lion is based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley.

The film also stars Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman and Indian actress Tannishtha Chatterjee. The film will be released in the US on November 25. It is a drama about a young man (Dev Patel) who reunites with his long-lost parents using Google Earth. – CINEWS

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