Wed, May 2

   6:30 / Kabuki

Thu, May 3

   1:45 / Kabuki

World Cinema

England, 2011, 117 min


Michael Winterbottom
Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom
Marcel Zyskind
Mags Arnold
Amit Trivedi, Shigeru Umebayashi
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmend, Roshan Seth, Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna
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Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Thu May 3 1:45

After Jude (1996), his adaptation of Jude the Obscure, and The Claim (SFIFF 2001), which reimagined The Mayor of Casterbridge as a Western, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom returns enthusiastically once more to Thomas Hardy, transporting Tess of the d'Ubervilles’ tragic romance to modern-day India. Trishna (Freida Pinto) is attracted to her new acquaintance, wealthy English businessman Jay (Riz Ahmed), but when she accepts a job in his Jaipur hotel it is only with the aim of helping her financially strapped family. She flees when emotions grow too intense, but after Jay tracks her down, Trishna agrees to move with him to Mumbai, going against her family’s traditions and setting the stage for disaster. Gorgeously lensed by frequent Winterbottom collaborator Marcel Zyskind and embroidered by Shigeru Umebayashi’s elegant score, Trishna captures both the languorous rhythms of rural life and the hectic tumult of the city. Winterbottom elicits remarkable performances from his leads in a drama that observes the nearly insurmountable obstacles that class division and hidebound tradition create, as well as the havoc that arises out of westerner Jay’s failure to observe that his father’s homeland is another world, one where his and Trishna’s radically different cultures are bound to collide.

—Pam Grady

In English and Hindi with English subtitles.

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Michael Winterbottom

Born in 1961, Michael Winterbottom received his film education at Bristol University and the Polytechnic of Central London after first studying English at Oxford University. After getting his start in television, he made his feature-directing debut with Butterfly Kiss (1995). Since then, he has directed 19 more features, including Jude (1996), Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), The Claim (SFIFF 2001), 24 Hour Party People (2002), Code 46 (2003), Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005), The Road to Guantanamo (2006), A Mighty Heart (2007) and The Trip (SFIFF 2011).