Eminent actor SHABANA AZMI had tears in her eyes after watching the feature film 'Evening Shadows' at Lonavala International Film Festival 2018, and said "Today after watching 'Evening Shadows' I really feel that it has made me a better human being".
"I feel that all families, especially in our country, should see this film. I hope that a big studio, or a big producer will embrace this film and presents it. I strongly feel that this film will run, it will be successful at the box office. I have full trust that this film will be a hit."
Shabana Azmi who was one of the lead actors of the pathbreaking film FIRE by Deepa Mehta, said that 'Evening Shadows' has been made with great sensitivity, with absolute honesty, and tenderness.
“Having Shabana Azmi ji watching our film ‘Evening Shadows’ was an honour in itself. Her deep appreciation for the film was truly encouraging. It means a lot to get a pat from the veteran member of the fraternity. Hope the film will soon make its journey to theatres and reach to masses”, said Saagar Gupta, producer, creative director, dialogue writer and lyricist of the film.
Sridhar Rangayan, director of the film said, “Shabana Azmi ji loving our film is a big high. She appreciated the honest story-telling and brilliant performances of all the actors. But her assurance that she will help in taking this film towards mainstream distribution is a big thrust forward for the film. Our fingers are firmly glued”.
The film ‘Evening Shadows’ will have its first theatrical screening (non-festival) on Sept 13th at Cinestudio Theater in Connecticut, USA. “This is a first step in distribution for the film and we hope there will be many more successes”, said Rangayan who is gearing up to travel to Hong Kong alongwith lead actor Devansh Doshi for the film’s premiere at the Hong Kong Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on Sept 20th and Sept 21st . Rangayan will also participate in a round table discussion about LGBTQ cinema in Asian Countries.
'Evening Shadows' (102min/Hindi film) was screened as the Opening Film at the Lonavala International Film Festival on Sept 7th and had an encore screening on Sept 8th. The festival held at Triose Plaza attracted houseful audiences for the film - from media personalities to students to general audiences.
The film has already won 3 awards and has been an Official Selection at 35 international film festivals.
'Evening Shadows' is scheduled to have its Chicago Premiere on Sept 22nd at the prestigious Chicago South Asian Film Festival and the screening is supported by the local South Asian LGBTQ group Trikone.
Full video of Shabana Azmi’s comments can be viewed at https://youtu.be/uUGUB56VPOE
EVENING SHADOWS Awards & Honours
§ Jury Award for Best Men's Feature at North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
§ ‘Celebration of Courage’ award at OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival
§ 'Free To Be Me' award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam
§ Opening Film - QUEER-Streifen Regensburg
§ Opening Film - Lonavala International Film Festival
§ Closing Film - OUT at the Movies
§ Closing Film - North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
§ Closing Film - KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
§ Centerpeice Film - Hong Kong Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
§ Runner-up for Audience Award at Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney
§ Runner-Up for Audience Award at Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam
EVENING SHADOWS Screenings
§ CINE MOVILH, Chile - Nov / Dec 2018
§ Holebi Filmfestival, Belgium - Nov 10 - Dec 3, 2018
§ OutReels Cincinnati - November 9 – 11, 2018
§ Festival de Cine LGBT del Ecuador - Nov 15 - 25, 2018
§ SERILE FILMULUI GAY International Film Festival, Romania - November 12 – 17, 2018
§ Seoul PRIDE Film Festival - November 1 - 7, 2018
§ TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival - October, 2018
§ Barcelona LGTIB Film Festival - October 21, 2018
§ Hamburg International Queer Film Festival - October 19, 2018
§ Queer-Streifen, Regensburg - October 18, 2018
§ Filmfest Homochrom, Cologne - October 17, 2018
§ Kansas International Film Festival - October 14, 2018
§ Bollywood Film Festival, Prague - October 14, 2018
§ Iris Prize Film Festival - October 13, 2018
§ OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem - October 7, 2018
§ Out on Film, Atlanta - September 29, 2018
§ Cinema Queer, Stockholm - September 29, 2018
§ Chicago South Asian Film Festival - September 22, 2018
§ Cinestudio, Connecticut - September 12, 2018
§ Lonavala International Film Festival, India - September 6 & 7, 2018
§ Hong Kong Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - September 20, 2018
§ North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - August 19 & 21, 2018
§ Chichester International Film Festival, UK - August 12, 2018
§ Prishtina International Film Festival, Kosovo - July 19, 2018
§ Outfest, Los Angeles - July 15, 2018
§ Outfest Peru, Lima - July 5, 2018
§ Rio Gender And Sexuality Festival - July 8 & 11, 2018
§ Abhimani European Film Festival, Sri Lanka - June 30, 2018
§ Shanghai Pride Film Festival - June 16, 2018
§ Midzomergracht Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands - June 15, 2018
§ OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival - June 14, 2018
§ Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival - June 2, 2018
§ KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India - May 27, 2018
§ Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles - March 10, 2018
§ Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam - March 10, 2018
§ Bengaluru International Film Festival, India - March 1, 2018
§ Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney - February 25, 2018
YouTube Trailer: https://youtu.be/iDpqasfWF9k