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Island City

Year 2015
Runtime 108 mins
Language Hindi
Subtitles English

Ruchika Oberoi’s ISLAND CITY smartly explores contemporary Mumbai with three loosely connected stories.

The first features an office employee (Vinay Pathak) whose life revolves around his job and its strict rules. When an office committee awards him a paid day off and mandates him to have fun, he is not thrilled. He only wants to work, and being forced to have fun leads to some unexpected scenarios. The second story examines how the unrealistic moral values depicted in soap operas challenge one family’s hierarchy and force them to make a difficult decision regarding their household’s future. In the lovely third story, Tannishtha Chatterjee (BRICK LANE) plays a woman who ends up having second thoughts about her upcoming marriage after she receives a letter from a secret admirer. This romantic letter awakens emotions that she was forced to bury and she starts to view her life in a different light.

Oberoi won Best Young Director at the Venice Film Festival (2015) and has made a remarkable film that questions the rules and codes found in Indian workplaces, households and relationships – but with plenty of wit, satire and some dark comedy.

Countries

India
Awards
Venice, Fedeora Award for Best Director of a Debut Film
Festivals
Official Selection: Venice Film Festival
Director
Ruchika Oberoi
Screenwriter
Ruchika Oberoi
Cinematographer
Sylvester Fonseca
Editor
Hemanti Sarkar
Music
Sagar Desai
Cast
Tannishtha Chatterjee, Vinay Pathak, Amruta Subhash, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Sameer Kochhar, Uttara Baokar, Ashwin Mushran, Sana Amin Sheikh
Sound
Niraj Gera