Tuesday, 24 February 2015
NMIFF welcomes the entry of a Feature Film “Despite the Gods” from Australia, Directed By Penny Vozniak.
Welcome to India, home of the world’s largest movie industry, where mere mortal film stars are worshiped with the same fervour as timeless Indian Gods; and the new buzzword ‘co-production’ looms on the lips of Indian financiers keen to form a Bollywood-Hollywood alliance. Hollywood’s prodigal daughter, Jennifer Lynch, is well known for making bold, if not ill-fated, choices in her filmmaking career.But nothing could prepare her for the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization. Lynch travels to India to direct Hisss, a tale about the vengeful snake Goddess Nagin. But things go wrong very quickly. Surrounded by a truly wonderful team of Indian crew, her twelve-year-old daughter, and a cast of Bollywood stars, Lynch does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters.With uncensored candor, Lynch shares the heartbreaking and at times hilarious experience of being a director at the helm of a sinking ship.