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Cannes 2012: Fortissimo Films Acquires Foreign Rights to Bollywood-Set 'Miss Lovely' (Video)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 4, 2012 at 1:18PM

Fortissimo Films has acquired the international rights to "Miss Lovely," a debut feature from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia. "Miss Lovely" will premiere at Cannes as part of the Official Selection, in Un Certain Regard. Three teasers for "Miss Lovely" are highlighted below.
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Miss Lovely

Fortissimo Films has acquired the international rights to "Miss Lovely," a debut feature from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia. "Miss Lovely" will premiere at Cannes as part of their Official Selection, Un Certain Regard.  Three teasers for "Miss Lovely" are highlighted below.

In "Miss Lovely," Ahluwalia examines the garish, vibrant, and seedy world of Bombay's "C" movie business in the 1980s.  During this time, the underbelly of Bollywood churned out an abundance of sleazy social dramas, campy horror films, and unintentional send-ups of Hollywood features -- with titles like "Dolly Darling" and "Lady James Bond."  Ahluwalia's "Miss Lovely" focuses on two brothers fraught relationship within the Bollywood underground.  The film stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui ("Kahaani") and Niharika Singh (former Miss India).  Director Ahluwalia previously directed the award-winning documentary fiction blend, 2005's "John & Jane" about telemarketing in India (trailer posted below).

For more on the Cannes market, see our update on Pattinson's "Mission," Brosnan and Wilson's "Coup," Colfer's "Lightning," Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," and SXSW's "Frankie Go Boom."
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.