Ladies and gentlemen – the long-anticipated excitement is finally here!
The 7th BMO International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto (IFFSA Toronto) will begin this Thursday May 10th and will screen over 150 Films in fifteen languages in the span of less than 12 days!
There is so much to see and do – check out the list of some of the movies to catch during the festival below! NOTE: As we couldn’t fit the full list of movies in this post, visit our website for the FULL Schedule to watch other original, powerful and insightful feature films, shorts and documentaries.
*Due to the mature content of most films, all movies screened at IFFSA Toronto are for an audience of 18+ only.
1. The Song of Scorpions
As the ancient myth in Rajasthan goes, if one is stung by a scorpion, death is imminent within 24 hours….unless they get cured by a scorpion singer’s song. Anup Singh’s movie stars Irrfan Khan and Golshifteh Farahani in tale about a camel trader who falls in love when he hears a village girl sing. Soon enough, the scorpion singer is poisoned by treachery and embarks on a journey to avenge herself and fine her song. Catch the North American Premiere on Thursday May 10th at 6:30 pm, Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas.
The story revolves around a simple couple – a bangle seller and his wife – who are avidly trying to have children but have no luck. Their lives take a turn when the secret desires and hidden truths are revealed. Can their marriage stay alive? The director, Ere Gowda, himself will be present at the Canadian Premiere of ‘Balekempa’ on Sunday May 13th at 5 pm, Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas.
3. Sexy Durga
This movie is an indie-drama film that shows the journey of a North-Indian girl and a Keralite boy who attempt to run away and catch a midnight train. They cross paths with two small-time gangsters who offer help and they learn to interact with a different society. The Ontario Premiere of ‘Sexy Durga’ will be on Monday May 14th at 6:30 pm, Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP.
This riveting movie revolves around a frail, old grandmother (Ajji) desperately trying to get justice for her 10-year-old granddaughter after a horrible rape incident. The accused is a high-profile politician’s son……will Ajji be able to win the fight against social status and sexual harassment? Watch the Canadian Premiere of ‘Ajji’ on Saturday May 12th at 5 pm, Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas.
The true story of Harjeet Singh, an Indian professional field hockey player, is depicted in this cinematic biographical film. Similar to most families that are faced with poverty, watch Ammy Virk’s performance as he shows Harjeet’s journey from rags to riches. Catch the North Indian Premiere of ‘Harjeeta’ on Thursday May 17th at 6:30 pm, Cineplex Odeon Orion Gate Cinemas.