LION
2016, The Weinstein Company, 118 min, Australia, Dir: Garth Davis

Garth Davis’ feature debut follows the journey of Saroo, a 5-year old boy alone in Calcutta after being separated from his family; 20 years after being adopted by an Australian couple, he uses Google Earth to search for his birth mother. Newcomer Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel are both tremendously affecting as the young and old Saroo, and they receive strong support from costars Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and David Wenham in this heartwarming true story. “A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
2008, Fox Searchlight, 120 min, Dir: Danny Boyle

Shot in pulsing, vividly colorful flashback, Danny Boyle's uplifting story (from a script by Simon Beaufoy) about a teenage boy out of the slums of Mumbai who goes on to win the Indian iteration of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" is joyful, breathless filmmaking. Winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song. Discussion following with screenwriter Oscar nominee Simon Beaufoy (and Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and Oscar nominee for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for 127 HOURS composer A.R. Rahman, (and Oscar winner for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE).


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