Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi to premiere in US at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014

Each year, the PSIFF screens India’s foreign language Oscar submission, and this year is no exception

Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi has already been appreciated even before its release. Now, to add one more feather to the film’s cap, Lakshmi is going to premiere in US at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014 even before opening in India.

Nagesh has directed the film and plays the part of a ruthless pimp in the movie. Lakshmi depicts the victimization of a 14-year-old girl (Monali Thakur) who is sold into the sex trade. Kukunoor said that he was inspired to make the film when he visited some NGOs in India and met victims of human trafficking there.

Along with Lakshmi, Gyan Correa’s The Good Road has a fixed slot in the fest. Other Indian films of note expected to screen are Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera; Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta’s coming-of-age urban tale Siddharth and Pan Nalin’s Faith Connections, a documentary set during the Kumbh Mela that winds together several stories, such as one about a runaway boy and another about a sadhu who discovers an abandoned baby and decides to raise it.

The 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be attended by Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey as well as by filmmakers such as Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and other industry leaders.