Dev Benegal’s Road, Movie to premiere at Toronto Intl Film Festival


MUMBAI: The Indian Film Company’s Road, Movie, will be premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). In May, the Company signed a deal with international sales agent Fortissimo Films to sell the film outside of India. The deal marks Fortissimo’s first venture in Hindi cinema. Road, Movie is written and directed by Dev Benegal.

Road, Movie, presented by IFC in association with Studio 18, will be screened as a special presentation at the Winter Garden Theatre on 18 September 2009. The special presentation screenings are a showcase of high-profile films featuring major stars and directors from around the world.

Susan B. Landau and Ross Katz produced the film’s original screenplay which was written by Dev Benegal. Katz won the Best Picture Academy Award Nomination for Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation and Todd Field’s In The Bedroom. Susan B. Landau’s dozen-strong repertoire includes the 1999 Cannes Film festival’s closing night film, An Ideal Husband, starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore and Rupert Everett. Her production and management company represent Slumdog Millionaire’s Simon Beaufoy.

The film stars Abhay Deol, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Satish Kaushik.

The Indian Film Company CEO Sandeep Bhargava said, "We are delighted and honored that TIFF has chosen to premiere Road, Movie. The invitation is an endorsement of our vision to selectively back high quality international cinema and marks the global interest in Indian films."