The London Indian Film Festival will open with the European premiere of hard-hitting film Sold, starring Gillian Anderson.
The festival will comprise a weeklong showcase for the best in films from or about India, from 10th-17th July.
Based on the best-selling novel by Patricia McCormick, Sold tells the powerful story of a young Nepali girl’s struggle for survival after being sold into prostitution. Gillian Anderson plays a photographer who tries to rescue her and other young women who are in the same position.
When it comes to Mulder and Scully, Gillian Anderson was by far the better actor and, following The X-Files, has gone on to prove her mettle with stand-out performances in period dramas such as Dickens' Bleak House and Great Expectations, and the BBC’s well-received crime drama The Fall.
“Working on this sensitively told film and with young women who have themselves experienced the un-believable trauma of abduction and trafficking has opened my eyes to the horrors these young people face on a daily basis,” Anderson says. The Emmy-award winning actor is expected to participate in a Q&A in London on the film’s opening night.
The executive producer of the film is the much-loved actor Emma Thompson. “It is wonderful to have our film premiered at London Indian Film Festival, to raise awareness of child-trafficking,” she says. “We hope that this film will make people think."
Other films being screened at the festival include Slamdance Audience Award winner Hank and Asha, a modern romance for the digital age that brings two people together on opposite sides of the world. Family drama Barefoot to Goa has also been a hit with audiences, dealing with the strong ties that bind families together and the middle class dilemma of what to do with older parents. It sees a group of urban children set off on a cross-country adventure to visit their grandmother in rural Goa.