Island City

February 27, 2018 - 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.

Cast & Crew

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)

Director Ruchika Oberoi
Country India
Year 2015
Length 111 min
Language Hindi with English subtitles

About the director

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.