MUMBAI: After wowing festivals worldwide and winning hearts in India, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, continues its winning trail. This time, it has won the Church of Iceland award at the Reykjavik International film festival, and the Best Director and Best Actor awards at saint jean de luz Film Festival (a French Festival).
The film has now been selected in the official competition section of the prestigious BFI London Film Festival. In the 56th year of the festival, The Lunchbox that stars Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur in the lead roles, will compete with some of the best films in the world including the Jesse Eisenberg-starrer The Double and the Scarlett Johansson-starrer Under the Skin. The festival will also screen Steven McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave and Alfonso Cuaron’sGravity in the Gala section.
In another key development, Artifical Eye has bought the UK distribution rights of The Lunchbox. “We acquired the film both because we loved it and because we feel it will be loved by the UK audiences,” says Artificial Eye Managing Director, Louisa Dent.