In addition to being nominated for five awards at International Independent Film Festival in London in October, Indian film Sandcastle has been selected to screen at Hollywood’s LA Femme Film Festival, also in October. The film will be screened in Hollywood on October 20 at 10 am.
LA Femme Film Festival takes place from October 17-20 at the Regal Stadium 14 LA LIVE and the opening and closing gala Award Ceremonies will take place at the Renberg Theatre.
Sandcastle has also been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category at the London International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 and nabs four nominations at the Tenerife International Film Festival 2013 in London on October 12, including nods for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematograph.
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.
“LA Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers.” LAFFM
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