The Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival, in collaboration with the BFI, will screen the film The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra (India, 2013) on the 26th of July as part of the official selection.
One of the biggest successes of independent Indian cinema in the recent years, The Lunchbox tells an unconventional love story, tying up tradition with a touch of the modern world and marks the opening of India’s national production to new and unexplored horizons.
The story takes us to Mumbai, where one day, a mistake in the lunchbox distribution system connects two people, who start to communicate through handwritten notes. When Ila discovers that her husband is not receiving her carefully prepared lunch meals, she allows herself on an unusual and fascinating journey with the stranger who falls in love with her cooking from the first… box.
The film stars Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi; New York, I love you) and Nimrat Kaur. A co-production of India, France, Germany and the US The Lunchbox premiered in last year’s Critics’ week at Cannes Film Festival and had a phenomenal journey in the festival circuit, receiving numerous awards and nominations.
The screening will take place in the main festival venue – Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow at 7 p.m.