Watching a movie on the big screen makes audience members feel like they’re really there with the characters, especially during climactic popcorn-eating scenes. Chew and view with this GrouponLive deal to the India International Film Festival, running February 15–17 at Muvico Centro Ybor.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for a one-day pass for screenings and events on Saturday, February 16 (a $25 value)
- $12 for a one-day pass for all screenings and events on Sunday, February 17, including the closing film and dinner (a $25 value)
- $37 for a festival pass for screenings and events on all three days, including the opening-night red-carpet reception, film, dinner, and after-party (a $75 value)
Check out the full event schedule here. Passes do not include access to Saturday’s after-party.
Friday, February 15
A red-carpet reception kicks off the festival at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 8:30 p.m. premiere of Listen Amaya, which reunites 1980s Bollywood couple par excellence Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval in a mature exploration of family dynamics. Leela (Naval), a middle-aged widow who owns a coffee shop with her free-spirited daughter, Amaya, begins to fall for gregarious photographer Jayant (Shaikh), and the budding relationship dredges up old anger and memories in Amaya that shake the bond between mother and daughter. Directors Avinash Kumar Singh and Geeta Singh will be on hand to answer questions after the film. A dinner and after-party concludes the night at 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 16
Suzanne Bryant's documentary Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey (11 a.m.) follows her spiritual quest through India as she learns to process a profound grief with the help of several master yogis. Families, meanwhile, will find much to love in Gattu (5:10 p.m.), the story of a little boy whose passion lies in the kite-filled skies of his impoverished town. When "Kali"—a black kite controlled by an unknown resident of the city—conquers the air, Gattu vows to defeat the undefeated with a kite of his own. Paanch Adhyay (7:10 p.m.) caps off Saturday’s busy schedule of more than a dozen features and shorts with a five-chapter deconstruction of an epic, star-crossed love affair.
Sunday, February 17
A free yoga session with Suzanne Bryant (11 a.m.) prefaces a diverse buffet of documentaries and short films that lead up to the harrowing Little Terrors (3 p.m.), wherein a brainwashed 13-year-old boy prepares to bomb a U.S. embassy until the man harboring him begins to have second thoughts about the mission. Viewers can also board a bus to Kathmandu in Deepak Rauniyar's Highway (3:10 p.m.), whose tangle of diverse and complicated characters earned it an official selection in the Montreal World Film Festival. The festival closes with Musa Seed's Valley of Saints (8:10 p.m.), a lyrically photographed love story set around Kashmir's Dal Lake that examines larger issues of politics and ecology. Valley of Saints won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Audience Award for drama and is currently being projected onto the door of the Seed family's fridge.
India International Film Festival
The India International Film Festival (IFF) of Tampa Bay selects a small sampling of more than 1,000 films produced in India each year to demonstrate that the most prolific film industry in the world is more than just masala musicals. Like the culture from which they spring, the films speak in a lush polyglossia of English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Nepali, Kashmiri—but the common language of humanity unites them all, whether the subject is Down syndrome, terrorism, patriotism, or simply losing yourself to spiritual bliss. Opening-night ceremonies and filmmaker Q&As round out the schedule of events, offering a more immersive movie experience than watching the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 3-D.