Official Selection of Happy Soul Festival 2011 (UK Premiere)
It’s been long overdue for a 1999 UK Premiere and the team behind the movie are excited to announce that 1999 has been officially selected to open this year’s "Happy Soul Festival" that will take place in London from May 31st – June 12. The Happy Soul Festival are in their fifth successive year, a celebration of Black and Minority Ethnic film and arts exploring wellbeing. Scheduled to be screened on June 11th at 6:00 PM at the Odeon Kingston, this will be the UK Premiere for 1999 and entrance is free.
1999 has garnered critical acclaim since its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival 2009, where it was selected as one of the festival’s “Top 10 Canadian Films”. It also won the “Best Film Award (Midnight Sun)” at the Oslo Tamil Film Festival 2010 and was also an “Official Selection” of the ReelWorld Film Festival 2010.
Director Lenin.M.Sivam / with Suthan Mahalingam, Luxi, Thelepan Somasegaram, Kaandee Kana and Ampalavanar Ketheeswaran / 98 mins / 2009
Inspired by real-life events, a fatal gang shooting on a quiet suburban street in Canada sets into motion a chain of events that changes the lives of three young men forever. Anpu is an intelligent but isolated underachiever whose strained relationship with his strict disciplinarian father forces him to seek out a sense of belonging in all the wrong places. Kumar is a charismatic gang leader desperate to break free from the cycle of violence and code of honour that hold his crew together for the sake of his younger brother. Far removed from this world is the ambitious university student Ahilan who, having overcome enormous hardship, is on the cusp of realising his biggest dreams. Bearing the unseen scars of Sri Lanka’s devastating civil war, their worlds collide one fateful Saturday that begins like any other day. Based on extensive research with youth workers and reformed gang members, the film delves into the myriad of challenges facing immigrant Tamil youth.
Event: UK Premiere at Happy Soul Festival 2011 in London
Date: 11 June 2011
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Odeon Kingston
Address: The Rotunda, Clarence Street,Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1QP