Island City

Island City
Ruchika Oberoi
Island City
Ruchika Oberoi
Island City
Ruchika Oberoi
Island City
Ruchika Oberoi

Director: Ruchika Oberoi

India 2015, 111 min.
Language: Hindi with English subtitles.

27th February 2018 at 8 pm @Il Kino. German premiere.

The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option…The second story begins with a domineering pater familias, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned; now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way… The third one centres on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.

Producer: Nina Lath Gupta
Production Company: National Film Development Corporation
Associate Producer: Sahab Narain
Executive Producers: Vikramjit Roy
Cast: Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sameer Kochhar, Uttara Baokar
Screenplay: Ruchika Oberoi
Cinematography: Sylvester Fonseca
Editor: Hemanti Sarkar
Sound design: Niraj Gera
Music: Sagar Desai
Art Director: Krishnendu Chowdhury

Festivals / Awards
Cairo International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
19th Black Nights Film Festival
Indian film festival (Los Angeles)
Stockholm Indian Festival
New York Indian Film Festival
Transilvania International Film Festival
London Indian Film Festival
Silk Screen Asian American
FEDEORA award for Best Debut Director at 72nd Venice Film Festival (Venice Days)

Ruchika Oberoi is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India. Island City is her debut feature film. The script of Island City participated in the NFDC Screenwriters’ Lab 2012, which was held in Venice alongside the Venice Film Festival, 2012 and Goa, alongside the Film Bazaar.


Before Island City a short movie will be screened:

GENERAL DREAM by Dave Lojek and Linda Hecquet
Dramedy, architecture film, uncanny, fantasy, politics. Poland – France – Germany, 2016. 7 min
French, Turkish, Polish, Italian with English subtitles.

Four confused immigration candidates explore a largely empty building. They speak four languages. Why does the telephone not work? Why is the money erased? Where are they going? This political architecture dramedy raises issues of religion, migration, and resistance. It is the first film of author and co-director Linda Hecquet and was produced at KinoEaters Reset in Lublin within 3 days.

Cast: Linda Hecquet, Mustafa Yol, Kaja Grzybowska, Enrico Basile
Screenplay: Linda Hecquet
Cinematographers: Marco Griffini, Dave Lojek
Editor, Distributor, Sound mixer: Dave Lojek
Boom operator: Tom Kino
Composer: Mirko Rizzello
Producers: Dave Lojek, Linda Hecquet