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Chicago PremiereFacets Film Dialogue with Mileen Patel & Kant Desai
of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival
THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS
"Anurag [Kashyap] truly likes to push the frontiers of contemporary Indian cinema... That Girl in Yellow Boots is quintessential independent cinema" -Times of India
"[The] protagonist's quest is complex and engaging, even at times confusing, but always interesting, and that is why this film succeeds" -Twitch
½ "A film like this provides a radically different view of India than you can find in the pleasures and excesses of Bollywood" -Roger Ebert
"Moving" -Chicago Reader
As India's independent film movement surges, Anurag Kashyap is at the forefront of the action. His Dev D. stripped away Bollywood's commercial sheen to reveal a generation of urban Indians as they are today: ambitious, exciting and international. That Girl in Yellow Boots takes a hard look at those South Asians who live in between worlds. A portrait of a biracial woman trying to find her place in Bombay, it is exactly the brand of passionate filmmaking that is transforming how we think about Indian cinema.
Ruth has spent enough time in India to know how to work the system, including how to manipulate the sleazy bureaucrat at the immigration office. With her visa extended, she returns to "studying massage," which is really a soul-squandering job servicing men at a backroom parlor. Her boyfriend, Prashant, offers no rescue from the dangers of her work. In fact, his drug use, money problems and brushes with violent criminals put her in the way of ever-present harm. But Ruth puts on a tough face and braves the risks of her challenging, urban life for one deeply personal reason: her estranged father lives somewhere in the city. As she searches for her last remaining link with her family, she falls deeper into Bombay's underworld. However, Ruth also seems to embrace the danger, as despite her bad experiences with men, she has a desperate need to connect.
Directed by Anurag Kashyap, India, 2010, 35mm, 103 mins. In Hindi, English and Kannada with English subtitles.
Facets Film Dialogue
Mileen Patel Programming Director of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival will be here for a Q&A after all screenings on Fri. & Sat., Dec. 16th &17th. Also, Kant Desai, Programming Coordinator of the Chicago South Asian Film Festival, will be here after all screenings on Sun., Dec. 17th.