Monday, May 24, 2010

Peepli Live

August 13th release date announced for Peepli Live, which has already received rave reviews from advance screenings at Sundance and Cannes. Variety weighs in here:
"A peppy screwball comedy with elements of social satire, 'Peepli Live' suggests a rural Indian take on Billy Wilder's 'Ace in the Hole.' A big carnival of media and politics swirls around farmer Natha (Omkar Das Manikpuri) when he announces plans to kill himself, the poor man hoping his surviving family members will collect compensation as part of the government's 'suicide program.' But Natha, natch, is in no hurry to fulfill his part of the bargain. Whether or not India's first-ever Sundance entry can capitalize on the international success of 'Slumdog Millionaire,' it deserves a long life in distribution."

In the previous post I wondered if a purely Indian film could crossover beyond the arthouse. This looks like it might be the one.

Meanwhile, going to see Kites tomorrow....