SALUTE TO AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER RICHIE MEHTA
The Cinema Society is honored to welcome Canadian filmmaker Ritchie Mehta, with a showcasing of his two award-winning feature films—AMAL and SIDDHARTH (you pick!).
RICHIE MEHTA was born in Toronto and studied painting, sculpting and directing. He has directed several shorts films that have screened internationally, including SYSTEM OF UNITS (04) and AMAL (04), the latter of which he adapted into the feature AMAL, which the Cinema Society showcased back in 2007, and winner of numerous Audience Favorite Awards, including Scottsdale and Santa Barbara Film Festivals. SIDDARTH, which just won the Heartland Film Festival Award for Best Dramatic Film, is his latest work.
Richie will be introducing and discussing both works this evening.
Introduction at 4:15pm. On Screen at 4:30pm
Introduction at 7:15pm, On screen at 7:30pm
Discussion follows each screening
Autorickshaw driver Amal is content with the small, but vital, role he serves - driving customers around New Delhi as quickly and safely as possible. But his sense of duty is tested by an eccentric, aging billionaire, who, moved by Amal's humility, bequeaths him his entire estate before passing away. With only one month to discover and claim the inheritance, Amal's struggles with duty and wealth are threatened by all those around him - from a young injured beggar girl and a lovely store merchant, to the danger of the old man's upper-caste friends and siblings, all seeking to claim their share of the riches. Running Time: 108 Minutes / Rated PG for language and thematic elements.
Running Time: 101 Minutes / Not Rated
PLEASE NOTE: AMAL is in Hindi and English with English Subtitles.