Trishna

2011/Color/117 mins/UK,Sweden, India




Category Country Focus: UK: Retrospective - Michael Winterbottom
Director Michael Winterbottom
Producer Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Screenplay Michael Winterbottom
Cinematography Marcel Zyskind
Editor Mags Arnold
Music Shigeru Umebayashi
Set David Bryan
Costume Niharika Khan
Cast Freida Pinto(Trishna), Riz Ahmend(Jay Singh), Roshan Seth, Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna
Production Companies Head Gear Films, U.K. Film Council
World Sales Bankside Films, London
Festival/Awards Toronto, 2011

'Trishna' tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.

Director:
Michael Winterbottom
Michael Winterbottom was born in Blackburn in 1961. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with the Ingmar Bergman documentary's "The Magic Lantern" and "The Director", winner of Best Documentary at the Valladolid Film Festival. His television credits include the BAFTA award winning series "Cracker" and "Family". He made his feature film directorial debut with "Butterfly Kiss" in 1995 and since then has went on to make over 30 films. Michael Winterbottom has been at Cannes "Welcome to Sarajevo", "Wonderland" and "24 Hour Party People" competing for Palme d'Or over the years.

Selected Filmography:
Butterfly Kiss (1995),
Jude (1995),
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997),
Wonderland (1999),
24 Hour Party People (2002),
9 Songs (2004),
A Cock and Bull Story (2005),
The Road to Guantanamo (2006),
Everyday (2012)