Sandcastle Film Wins Best Cinematography At London Liff And Will Screen At La Femme Film Fest On 20th October

Director of Photography Ritam Banerjee WON Best Cinematography today at the London International Film FestivaL. Sandcastle has also been selected to screen at LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday October 20th at 10am.

The director, cast and crew are available for interview. Or if you would like to view and review the film at the screening on the 20th I can set up press passes - or I can invite you to a password-protected Vimeo link where you can review the film. Sandcastle has been covered in IndieWire and US, UK and Indian press.

Sandcastle was also nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category at the London International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 and nabbed four nominations at the Tenerife International Film Festival 2013, including nods for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor.

Sandcastle is director Shomshuklla's first feature and tells the story of Sheila, (Shahana Chatterjee) whose upper middle-class life in India isn't as perfect as she hoped it would be. Sheila is a home-maker, an aspiring writer and loving mother. From an outsiders perspective it would seem like she has the perfect life. Her husband is a wealthy advertising maverick and she is part of the elite middle-class of Indian society. But like the shifting of the sands, is it all slipping through her fingers? How will she build her own dreams? In all that she has, does she really have a voice of her own?

The story of Sandcastle reflects one's belief in the ability to build a perfect life. But even in perfection there is emptiness and wanting. What is perfect to one person is misery for another. The film focuses on contemporary women in urban India and the changes in society that have molded these women as an independent and self directing force of nature. Shomshuklla shows two colliding worlds of fateful acceptance and feminine Indian independence and individuality.

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