Director: Max Zahle
Cast: Wotan Wilke Möhring, Krish Gupta
Germany | 23mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere
Synopsis: A German couple adopts in Kolkata an Indian orphan. Their child suddenly disappears and they realize that they are part of the problem. Raju was nominated for an Academy Award in Short Film (Live Action).
Director: Soham Mehta
Cast: Samrat Chakrabarti, Hunter Cudini
USA | 19mins | 2011 | Chicago Premiere
Synopsis: Naveen left India to chase his dreams in America. Three years and a recession later, his wife and son finally join him. FATAKRA (“Firecracker”) tells the story of the sparks that fly on their first day together as dreams collide with reality.
Director: Unni Vijayan
Cast: Adil Hussain, Roshni Achreja
India | 100mins | 2012 | US Premiere
Synopsis: The film revolves around Meera, a happy corporate wife and cookbook writer whose life turns upside down when her husband walks out on their marriage. Responsible for not just her children but her mother and grandmother and their old family home in Bangalore, Meera takes up a part-time job with a cyclone studies expert, who is dealing with his own traumatic past. The two narratives come together and, through a series of coincidences, the lives of Meera and her employer get intertwined in strange ways. Parallels are constantly drawn between life and the unpredictability of cyclones.
Director: Amit Ashraf
Cast: Monir Ahmad, Shahed Ali
Bangladesh | 98 mins | 2012 | Chicago Premiere
Synopsis: The crowded city of Dhaka is the perfect hiding place for cowardly men seeking to disappear. Babu, a dubious rickshawalla, has made it his life mission to find these runaways and return one of them – Akbar – back to his family. But Akbar is a man with powerful connections and a race against time begins as Babu tries to return him home before their pursuer catches up.
Director: Sandesh Kulkarni
Cast: Girish Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash
India | 110 mins | 2012 | US Premiere
Synopsis: Revan (Girish Kulkarni) tries out a number of businesses but fails to find success in any. Due to this, he is forced to live a nomadic life in order to escape his creditors. Being an obedient wife, Sarika (Amruta Subhash) agrees with whatever her husband decides. Circumstances land the couple in Solapur, which is the hometown of Sarika’s cousin Kalyan (Hrishikesh Joshi).