KASHISH 2015 to open with `Love Is Strange’

Ira Sachs’ critically acclaimed drama Love Is Strange will open the sixth edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival – South Asia’s biggest and India’s only mainstream LGBT film festival. With remarkable performances from John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, this is also the Indian Premiere of the movie.

It’s a great honour that KASHISH 2015 is showing the film as the Opening Night Film,’’ said Ira Sachs. “It is a film very much about community, whether it is queer community, film makers or film festivals, who wouldn’t be able to make these films without audiences like you. It is important that we can share these personal experiences through cinema, it is how we support each other,’’ added the film maker.

Love Is Strange had premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie will be screened at 9.15 pm at the iconic Liberty Cinema following opening ceremony on May 27, 2015.

Festival director Sridhar Rangayan said: “We are honoured and delighted to open the 6th edition of KASHISH with the film Love Is Strange. It is a film that resonates strongly with the festival’s theme: ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’. The two incredible actors portray myriad emotions of love, anguish, separation and hope with such consummate ease that you immerse into their poignant love story that transcends sexual orientation, age, language and ethnicity. Ira Sachs is a master at portraying human emotions and weaving it with social attitudes and cultural contexts. ‘Love Is Strange’ is a fabulous journey forward of an amazing filmmaker who has given us classics such as The Delta and Keep The Lights On, which was the centerpiece film at KASHISH 2014.”


Director: Ira Sachs
2014 | 94 min | English | USA
Narrative Feature
Indian Premiere     

May 27, 2015 at 9.15 pm at Liberty Cinema.              

Film Courtesy: Fortissimo Films

Synopsis: After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George is fired from his job soon after his employers learn of the marriage, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. George moves in with their neighbours, while Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew and his family. Struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements

Ira Sachs


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Ira Sachs is a filmmaker based in New York City, who has been making independent films since 1989, including The Delta, Sundance Grand Jury-prize winning Forty Shades of Blue, and the highly autobiographical Keep the Lights On (screened at KASHISH 2013).

He is also the founder of two arts programs, Queer/Art/Film and Queer/Art/Mentorship, both of which were created to foster dialogue and conversation between queer artists from different disciplines and generations in NYC.

Festivals & Honors:

2014 Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere
2014 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Panorama section
2014 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival
2014 Leeds International Film Festival, England
2014 Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Asian Premiere


The 6th edition of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from 27th to 31st 2015 at Liberty Cinema, May 28th to 30th 2015 at Alliance Française de Bombay and May 29th to 30th 2015 at Max Mueller Bhavan. The theme for this year’s festival is `Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’. Over five days 180 films from 44 countries will be screened at the festival.

Click here to register online as a Delegate for KASHISH 2015

KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

Voted as one of the Top 5 LGBT Film Festival in the World, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is South Asia’s biggest queer film festival and the only LGBT film festival in India to be held in a mainstream theater.

Founded in 2010, KASHISH is held over 5 days at three venues. The festival this year will be held at Liberty Cinema, Alliance Française and Max Mueller Bhavan in South Mumbai. It is the first Indian LGBT festival to be held with approval by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. KASHISH is organized by Solaris Pictures. Co-organizer is The Humsafar Trust.