in association with British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Friday 6 March BAFTA
[19.30] Film Screening + Q&A with Deepa Mehta
Monday 9 March [20.00] Watermans (Screening Only)
Director: Deepa Mehta
Cast: Preity Zinta, Vansh Bhardwaj, Gick
Grewal, Geetika Sharma, Yanna McIntosh
Canada: 106 mins, Punjab with English subtitles,
TOF presents the UK Premiere of critically acclaimed director Deepa Mehta's film about a complex, emotionally turbulent psychological drama that repeatedly breaks into flights of fantasy, Heaven On Earth by acclaimed director Deepa Mehta reflects its creator's impatience with the ordinary and mundane, in portraying an abusive marriage amongst the Indian community of Ontario, Canada. Chand (Zinta) is a middle-class girl, who enters into an arranged marriage with Rocky (Bhardwaj), an Indian émigré, living in Canada. Following a lavish ceremony, we follow Chand as she begins her new life abroad. But the dream soon turns sour as Rocky and his mother conspire to make Chand's life hell, through violence and abuse. But when a friend gives Chand a magical tree root, claiming it will make Rocky fall in love with her, it exerts a strange and powerful magic which leads Chand into a mysterious parallel existence of marital bliss.
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