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Cinestaan's Bombay Rose to open Venice International Critics Week 2019

Cinestaan Film Company announced Gitanjali Rao's animated feature Bombay Rose. The film will have its world premiere as the opening film of Critics Week at the Venice International Film Festival on August 29.  

Bombay Rose is the first Indian animation film ever selected to open Venice Critics Week. It is the story of a flower seller who has to make the choice between protecting her family or allowing herself to fall in love. 

On this achievement, Gitanjali Rao said, “I have always wanted to paint stories about people who live and love in the streets of Bombay, never become success stories, yet their struggle for survival makes heroes out of them. This is the city with its cast of unsung heroes and heroines that I want to share with the world and why I started this labour of love 6 years ago. “

Rao's five animated short films are Blue, Orange, Printed Rainbow, Chai and True Love Story which have been to over 150 film festivals and received 30 awards.  While Printed Rainbow won three awards in Cannes Critic’s Week 2006 where it premiered and was short-listed for the Oscars in 2008

Gitanjali Rao also made her award-nominated film debut as an actress in Shoojit Sircar’s acclaimed film, October.

She also said, “My hand-painted short films have travelled the globe and I have found connections to my films in the most unusual places. From Cannes to Kanpur, these fans of my stories give me confidence that my first feature film, Bombay Rose, about simple people with their simple yet impossible dreams, can connect with people around the world. I am thrilled that Bombay Rose will be the first Indian animation film to open Venice Critics Week.”

Bombay Rose is written, designed and directed by Gitanjali Rao and produced by Anand Mahindra and Rohit Khattar of Cinestaan Film Company.

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-Manisha Karki 

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