Edmonton Movie Club is a local non-profit society and a supporter of Independent/Regional cinema from India.
A mother toils to save money to build a road in a Himalayan village to take her wheelchair-bound son for physiotherapy but her husband who believes that a shamanic ritual (Jagar) is the remedy, steals her savings.
Cast: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Harshita Tiwari
Note: Nominee for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
After marriage, a woman struggles to be the submissive wife that her husband and his family expect her to be. The story follows her journey, as she changes herself and, even more so, changes the household.
Cast: Suraj Venjaramood, Nimisha sajayan
Note: Winner of Indian Film Festival, Stuttgart
A local barber’s fate turns overnight when he becomes the single deciding vote in the village elections.
Cast: Yogi Babu, Sheela Rajkumar
Note: The movie had its premiere on Netflix.
A young boy follows his violent and alcoholic father on a quest to fetch back his mother, who has run away from his abuse.
Cast: Chellapandi, Karuththadaiyaan
Note: The movie had its premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam and won the prestigious Tiger award.
Excited about the grandson’s visit, an elderly couple plans to cook chicken curry for dinner. But things go awry when the chicken goes missing.
Cast : Radha Ramachandra, Prabhakar Kunder, Guruprasad Nairy
Note: The movie had its premiere at New York Indian Film Festival
When his daughter decides to further her studies in London, a hardworking Rajasthani businessman does everything in his power to make her dreams come true.
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Radhika Madan, Kareena Kapoor
Note: This was Irrfan’s final film to be released before his death on 29 April 2020.
Mrugtrushna is about four kids that live on the banks of a river. It is about their fantasy about the other side of the river. They have a dream to cross the river. The film is about how would they cross the river.
Cast: Jayesh More, Karan Patel, Nishma Soni, Arya Sagar
Note: The film was selected for the 33rd International Film Festival for Children and Youth, and won the Golden Butterfly and Diploma of Honor for Best Screenplay.
A funny, heartfelt story about a dysfunctional Indian joint family taking an unexpectedly adventurous journey while trying to resolve their interpersonal conflicts, post the death of a beloved patriarch.
Cast: Mrunmayee Deshpande, Geetanjali Kulkarni
Note: The movie had its world premiere at Tokyo International Film Fest
Kinghshuk is the resident Criminologist in Kolkata Police. When a Serial killer randomly murdered in a series and got a quick succession but Police can’t trace it.
Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Chandreyee Ghosh, Anirban Chakrabarti
Note: North American Premiere
A Tamil short film presented by Focus 8 Films. This film is inspired by true events. It’s an emotional thriller that portrays the bond of three friends!
In the small-town of Idar in Gujarat, Rashmi’s father is protesting to stop illegal stone mining which is ripping the mountain city off its rich history. Her life turns upside down when one afternoon her father was shot dead. She wants justice for her father but only gets disappointment by the corrupt system. What happens next for the sake of justice was unforeseen.
Cast: Prashant Barot, Sharvary Joshi, Harnisha Parmar
Ruuposh is an idiosyncratic documentary that features Ruksana Begum- her late father Mehboob Khan and her son- Mohd Fehmeed, who belong to a Muslim minority family of India 2021. The documentary follows a personal narrative of how Mehboob Khan stayed back in India at the time of partition while his entire extended family moved to Pakistan. Ever since, there had been an on and off contact with the relatives in Pakistan which completely ceased off a few decades ago. And while, the younger generation wants to establish contact with the parted relatives- does the political circumstances of the two countries allow the possibility and sustenance of any friendly relationship? The documentary is a larger comment on the current political state of India- it talks about the growing intolerance and the biased relationship the country continues to have with its separated neighbor even after years of independence.
The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature.
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhabi Mukherjee
Note: Winner at Berlin International film festival and best feature film at national awards, Ray once called Charulata the favorite of his own films.
Depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.
Cast: Chhabi Biswas, Sardar Akhtar
Note: Voted #20 on the list of “100 Best Films” by the prominent French magazine ‘Cahiers du Cinema’ in 2008.
A struggling actor and a writer-politician become friends as young men and rise to great heights in cinema and politics respectively. But when both become contenders for the top political post in the state, a rift develops between them.
Cast: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj
Note: National awards for the best cinematographer and supporting actor
A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister but later falls in love with her.
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai
Note: Raavan Had its World premiere at British Film Institute
A radio broadcaster’s intense attraction to a mysterious woman opens the door to a tidal wave of powerful emotions and desires.
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala
Note: NETPAC Award winner at Berlin International Film Festival
A Hindu man and a Muslim woman fall in love in a small village and move to Mumbai, where they have two children. However, growing religious tensions and erupting riots threaten to tear the family apart.
Cast: Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala
Note: Best Feature Film on National Integration award
A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy – until he gets kidnapped by militants.
Cast: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo
Note: Roja made Time magazine’s ’10 Best Soundtracks’ list – December 2007