The Indian 3D animated film from Applied Art Productions opens in the U.S. on December 7 in 3 theaters.
The film festival, kicking off on Friday, will be screening films that won accolades from other festivals around the world. The move is great news for Indian filmmakers hoping to gain more prominence through festivals such as this one. The films being screened are:
The Ballad of Rustom (directed by Ajitha Suchitra Veera)
Deool (directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni)
Drapchi (directed by Arvind Iyer)
Koormavatara (directed by Girish Kasaravalli)
Touring Talkies (directed by Gajendra Ahire)
500 & 5 (directed by Raghu Jeganathan)
Fox China reports that with the success of Life of Pi in China over the past two weeks, it's no surprise that the film is now partly responsible for inspiring a growing amount of social buzz throughout the country. And not just over the film, but about India itself. The same applies in Taiwan, home of director Ang Lee, where the film is also doing quite well.
Among the subjects buzzing around Chinese blogs are the city of Pondicherry and the Bengal tiger. The film has opened a window to Indian culture.
Sivahi 3D, directed by S. Shankar, will be the first film released in the Dolby Atmos sound platform in India. The film opens December 12.
Monday (12/3) Update: Fox has confirmed that Life of Pi grossed an actual result of $1.84 million in India over the weekend. Cume remains $7.3 million.
Sunday (12/2) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates a $1.84 million second weekend for Life of Pi in India. That pushes the country's cume to $7.3 million. The film is currently playing on 511 screens.
Sunday (11/25) Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Life of Pi has grossed $3.4 million from 697 locations in India, putting it ahead of strong local titles such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar. The opening marks the 3rd Highest non-franchise opening of all-time in the market, behind Avatar and 2012.