Based on Patricia McCormick’s “Sold,” the real-life drama centers on a Nepali girl’s struggle after being sold into prostitution in Kolkata. Newcomer Niyar Saikia plays the young girl and Gillian Anderson an American photog who tries to rescue her. Anderson is expected to participate in a Q&A in London at the film’s opening night along with other talent.
Going beyond Bollywood, the London fest highlights indie Indian cinema, playing at venues including Cineworld Haymarket, BFI Southbank, ICA and Cineworld Cinemas. Grant-funded by the BFI Film Festival Fund, this year’s edition runs July 10-17.
Festival director Cary Rajinder Sawhney called “Sold” “a film which is remarkable on many fronts not least its riveting script and direction, but also gripping performances by Indian and U.S. actors, especially lead actor Niyar Saikia.”
The rest of the lineup will be released in the coming months.