Margarita, With A Straw, a film about a young romantic rebel in a wheelchair, is the official selection for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival 2014 from September 4-14. Directed by Shonali Bose and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Jakhotia Group, Ishan Talkies and ADAPT, the film will be screened under the ‘Contemporary World Cinema’ category and is slated for a world premiere on 8th September 2014.
The Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. Boasting a public eager for the best in contemporary film, as well as international attention from media, distributors, producers and buyers along with a galaxy of stars, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered as the premiere film festival in North America.
According to Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, "Margarita, with a Straw is a contemporary story that will strike a chord with global audiences. It is heartening to see Indian film makers getting an opportunity to showcase their work alongside the best in their fields. We at Viacom18 Motion Pictures always endeavor to seek out talent which brings with them a unique blend of freshness, world class film making, yet a decidedly Indian soul."
Margarita, With a Straw tells the story of Laila (Kalki Koechlin), who, undeterred by cerebral palsy, embarks on a journey of sexual discovery. Her exhilarating adventures cause a rift both within herself and with those she is closest to. The film’s stellar cast also includes veteran star Revathy, Hollywood actor William Moseley (lead of Narnia Chronicles) and the talented new face Sayani Gupta in pivotal roles.
National Award winning director Shonali Bose, commented, "I am ecstatic! Toronto was also home to my first feature Amu. Margarita, With a Straw is a deeply personal film. It is inspired by the extraordinary spirit of my boys Ishan and Vivan and by the joi de vive of my sister Malini, who has never let disability stand in her way. I am indebted to my brilliant cast and crew especially my co director and writer Nilesh Maniyar for actualizing my dream into a reality.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ ‘Mary Kom’ - the inspirational biopic of five times world champion boxer starring Priyanka Chopra will also be enthralling the audiences at the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.