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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #66. Ritesh Batra – Photograph

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #66. Ritesh Batra – Photograph

Post The Lunchbox fame (his well traveled Film Fest favorite which was also shown at Sundance in 2014), Ritesh Batra hit a creative cluster mark with Our Souls at Night (starring Robert Redford), The Sense of an Ending (read review) and the soon to be released Photograph. The Hindi language film (with a smidgen of English) in several Mumbai locales romantic drama stars nouveau actress Sanya Malhotra and Lunchbox alumni Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It went into production in October of 2017, and with his pending Little Bee (Julia Roberts) currently in pre-production, we’ll perhaps see 2019 play out like 2017, with not one, but two Batra films in release. The filmmaker previously took part of the Sundance Writers and Directors labs and landed Sundance Film Institute’s support with the Time Warner Storytelling Fellow and Annenberg Fellow in the recent past.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays a street photographer.

Production Co./Producers: Ritesh Batra, Viola Fügen, Neil Kopp, Michel Merkt, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, Michael Weber

Prediction: Premieres section.

U.S. Distributor: Amazon Studios.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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