Island City

Features & Series

Island City follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option.

The second story begins with a domineering pater familias, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned; now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man
ideal in every way…

The third one centres on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.

The film had it’s world premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival as part of the Venice Days section where it won the 'FEDORA Award for best debutant Director'. It also won a 'Special Jury Mention' at the Bengaluru International Film Festival. It has also been screened at various other prestigious film festivals. The film was released in India in September 2016 and garnered tremendous critical acclaim.

Director: Ruchika Oberoi

Production House: National Film Develpment Corporation (NFDC)