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SIR (India)

July 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable…  mk2 Films

“An intelligent romance within the confines of upper-crust Indian society. Premiering in the Cannes Critics’ Week sidebar, the film could occupy the same slot that The Lunchbox did back in 2013, providing feel-good fodder for international markets. A warmly nuanced look at love in a place filled with constraints and contradictions, and where a broken heart could perhaps be the first step toward emancipation.”

Writer|Director: Rohena Gera
Genre:  Drama, Romance
Distributor:  mk2 Films
Runtime:  99 min
Country:  India, France
Language:  English | Hindi, Marathi w|English Subtitles
Rating:  N|R
Starring: Vivek GomberTillotama Shome
Premiere:  Southern California


FESTIVALS:  France: Semaine de la Critique, Cannes Film Festival, Cabourg Film Festival, Festival de Sainte Livrade sur Lot, Festival International du Film de Saint-Jean-de-Luz; Australia: Indian Film Festival Melbourne, Brisbane Film Festival; Canada: Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema, Vancouver International Film Festival; Sweden, Göteborg Film Festival; Italy,  Spazio Oberdan Cineteca Italiana, Milan; Spain, BCN Film Fest; Switzerland,  Zurich Film Festival; Poland, Warsaw Film Festival; Mexico,  Morelia International Film Festival; USA: Mill Valley Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival, Portland International Film Festival and Belmont World Film. 

AWARDS:  Braunschweig IFF, Germany, Best Film; Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, France, Audience Award; Mill Valley Film Festival, USA, Audience Award; World Cinema Amsterdam, Audience Award

Official Website w|Press Kit: https://mk2films.com/en/film/sir/
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h36-Hkno6QQ
Additional information: 760-770-0507 and https://desertfilmsociety.org
Desert Film Society is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) Organization



Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“An appealing, understated sweetness. Thanks to the disarming performance from Tillotama Shome, the audience is likely to be just as smitten with Ratna as is Ashwin.”

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Thoughtful and heartfelt drama. There is real depth, poignancy and strength to Shome’s character. A delicately observed and attractive drama with some great Mumbai cityscapes and an excellent performance from Shome.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ***

“A modern-day Cinderella story with an edge, presenting a side of Mumbai that is rarely seen in cinema and tying in with strong themes of female independence.”

Leo Barraclough, Variety

“A deceptively simple, emotionally resonant drama that (rightly) puts its characters before its themes”

Baradwaj Ragan, Film Companion ****


July 13, 2019
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


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