Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (March 5-17) showcases emerging and legendary artists, in a dynamic 13-day event showcasing 132 World and U.S. premiere films and VR from 56 countries. Fusing the community of film lovers with film creators, the festival engages audiences in thought-provoking dialogue, giving film artists and film lovers a rare opportunity to connect. This year five films depicting Indian themes are showcased.  

The films are showing at California Theatre, Hammer Theatre Center, 3 Below (formerly Camera 3 Cinemas) and the Century Downtown 20 (Redwood City)

Film details are below.

Cinequest’s Opening Night is supercharged with Nandita Das presenting her powerhouse Manto, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (The Lunchbox), plus added entertainment.

Love Dev Patel? Showcased are his two latest hits:  

Hotel Mumbai, starring Patel & Armie Hammer. USA has 9/11. India has 26/11: The 26th of November 2008. The day that changed everything—when enemies attacked and attempted to break everything held dear. Everything except the spirit of the city.

The Wedding Guest, Directed by Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) and Patel. A wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of a girl’s life. This one turns out to be a nightmare. 

The U.S. Premiere of Widow of Silence: Seven years ago, in the middle of the night, Aasiya’s husband was picked up by army officers. Through her quiet strength, she carries her family, but she can’t keep juggling between her past and the present. 
Rising stars Indian – American star director Pari Mathur and actress Jaya Prasad present Lucky Fifty. Two struggling young actors, Jay and Monica, are brought together by happenstance, and after finding $50 on the street, they spend a day together loving life and forgetting their troubles.

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