London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) at Picturehouse - Picturehouse Spotlight

London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) at Picturehouse

We're delighted to welcome back the London Indian Film Festival to Picturehouse cinemas from 21-29 June 2018, bringing the best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema to our screens.

The London Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival. Returning for a ninth year with an entertaining and thought-provoking line-up of independent films, LIFF offers a rare window into a billion South Asian lives in the sub-continent right now.

Discover the line-up of must-see movies coming to Picturehouse Central, Stratford Picturehouse and Crouch End Picturehouse below.


Friday 22 June

LIFF 2018: Mehsampur [15]

Mehsampur
Mehsampur

Odd-ball filmmaker Devrath arrives in Punjab to make a movie on the popular folk-singing duo Amar Singh Chamkila and Amarjot Kaur who were assassinated in the village of Mehsampur in 1988. He rescues a wannabe actress from lechers and finds a survivor of the assassination and the three of them go on a trip to Mehsampur. Their journey is a breath-taking ride culminating in an explosive finale. This bold, at times psychedelic, film melds together fiction and documentary and explores narrative structures in a way Indian cinema has never seen before. Prepare to be shell-shocked!

Showing at Picturehouse Central, 6:15 pm

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Saturday 23 June & Sunday 24 June

LIFF 2018: The Song of Scorpions [15]

The Song of Scorpions
The Song of Scorpions

Mesmerisingly beautiful – this poetic tale is set within the deep desert landscapes of rural Rajasthan. Nooran is a defiantly independent young tribal woman trained by her grandmother in the ancient healing remedy of singing to counteract the deadly poison of scorpion stings. A lone camel herder Aadam (Irrfan Khan) is Nooran’s, admirer, but spurned by her he hatches a twisted plot to win her heart. Director Anup Singh’s meditative direction elicits intense but restrained performances from lead actors Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) and Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) with a cameo by the legendary actress Waheeda Rehman.

Showing at Picturehouse Central, Sat 23 June, 6:30 pm and Crouch End Picturehouse Sun 24 June, 3:00 pm 

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Monday 25 June

LIFF 2018: Eaten By Lions [12A]

Eaten By Lions
Eaten By Lions

A laugh out loud and wryly written British comedy about two half-brothers who were brought up by their grandma in Bradford after their mum was accidentally killed by lions on safari. On their grandma’s sudden death the teenage boys are looking for family care, but while one brother Pete, of both English parentage, gets foisted on his controlling English aunty, the other brother Omar travels to the fabled holiday resort of Blackpool in search of his real Asian dad. Both brothers unable to be separated soon end up together on the Riviera of the North, but as Omar discovers his new orthodox Muslim family all mayhem breaks loose.

Showing at Stratford East Picturehouse, 6:45 pm

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Tuesday 26 June

LIFF 2018: Village Rockstars [U]

Village Rockstars

Recipient of multiple international awards, Village Rockstars is an instant crowd- pleaser. A single mother and her 10-year-old daughter Dhunu live in a remote flood-prone Assamese village. Dhunu is not a shy, submissive girl and with a vibrant spirit and imagination, she dreams of setting up her own rock band. She fashions a make-believe guitar out of expanded polystyrene and jams in the rice fields with her boy mates. Noticing an old guitar has come up for sale in the market Dhunu attempts schemes to raise money to buy it, but as the local women complain about Dhunu’s un-girlish behaviour, her mother is forced to make a stand.

Showing at Stratford East Picturehouse, 6:30 pm

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Wednesday 27 June

LIFF 2018: Hva Vil Folk Si (What Will People Say) [12A]

Hva Vil Folk Si (What Will People Say)
Hva Vil Folk Si (What Will People Say)

Director Iram Haq’s compelling tale has been collecting awards worldwide since its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. It tells of a young Pakistani teenager, Nisha whose happy-double-life in Norway is torn apart when her father discovers her with her white Norwegian boyfriend. Outraged and under pressure from the community, he sends her off to Pakistan to ‘learn how to behave properly.’ Trapped in a land she doesn’t know, with a hostile extended family who see her as a shameful westerner Nisha is forced to make hard choices. Maria Mozhdah makes a powerful debut as Nisha with Adil Hussain as her troubled father.

Showing at Picturehouse Central, 6:30 pm

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Wednesday 27 June

LIFF 2018: The Ashram [12A]

The Ashram
The Ashram

After receiving a cryptic message, Jamie journeys deep into the Indian Himalayas to pick up on the trail of his girlfriend who has disappeared. There, he discovers a secretive community led by a guru with alleged mystical powers. As he tries to pry the secrets from the guru’s devotees Jamie becomes more convinced that this mysterious community may know more about his lover’s disappearance than they’re telling him. Ben Rekhi brings together a star-studded cast for a story of mystical intrigue with a twisty plot and startling climax that is sure to provoke discussion.

Showing at Crouch End Picturehouse, 8:30 pm

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