South Asian Film Festival
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New nations are rarely born in peace…In this lavish, sweeping historical epic, Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) stars as Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India. Arriving at Delhi’s palatial Viceroy’s House in 1947 to oversee the transition of handing the country back from Britain to its own people, he and his wife, Edwina (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files), discover that ending centuries of rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences is no easy undertaking. Conflict erupts as negotiations with Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim leaders set off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. With sumptuous period detail, director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) brings to life a pivotal historical moment that re-shaped the world.
UK/India/Sweden, 2017, 107 min, Directed by Gurinder Chadha, Not Rated, In English
“A handsome period drama…shows [Chadha’s] irrepressible and good-natured flair for storytelling and sharp observational eye.”– Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN