ROAD, MOVIE steers towards its Asian premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) in Roppongi Hills on 21 October. Dev Benegal's ROAD, MOVIE will compete for the coveted 'Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix'. The film has been described as 'India's Cinema Paradiso' boosting stunning cinema-photography from the Rajasthan and Gujarat region, with standout performances from screen sensation Abhay Deol, Bollywood actor/director Satish Kaushik and festival favourite Tannishta Chatterjee. From a sharp script by Dev Benegal, ROAD, MOVIE is the only Indian film to make the competition line-up in Tokyo, testifying to its character and audience appeal.
Advisory to The Indian Film Company, CEO Sandeep Bhargava said "We couldn't be more delighted and honoured - first Toronto and now Tokyo International Film Festival. The selection of ROAD, MOVIE by another prestigious international film festival is an endorsement of our vision to selectively back high quality global cinema. Indian Films-Studio 18 look forward to introducing this stunning and emotional story to Asian audiences."
ROAD, MOVIE is about Vishnu, a restless young man who rejects his father's faltering hair-oil business and hits the road with a travelling cinema. Colourful and full of unforgettable characters, ROAD, MOVIE celebrates India's panorama and the pure love of film.
ROAD, MOVIE is produced by acclaimed producers Ross Katz and Susan B. Landau. Katz earned the Best Picture Academy Award Nomination for Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation as well as Todd Field's In the Bedroom. Susan B. Landau's An Ideal Husband starring Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and Minnie Driver closed the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
Dev Benegal's debut feature English, August (1994), was hailed as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema and ignited a wave of independent Indian filmmaking. His second feature Split Wide Open premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999. ROAD, MOVIE brings in to sharp focus the global interest in indigenous Indian films following the critically acclaimed, box-office smash, Slumdog Millionaire.
ROAD, MOVIE is being sold internationally by Fortissimo Film Sales, its first Hindi language title.