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Part of SFFILM Festival


Directed by Ritesh Batra

India | Fiction Feature | 108

14 Apr
Sun, Apr 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm PT

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This screening of Photograph will feature a special onstage conversation with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, reflecting on his career to date and recent work in film and television.


This powerfully romantic and gently comedic film from India comes from the same director as the cult hit The Lunchbox (2013). It quietly traces the story of a street photographer who convinces an upper-class girl he meets at a tourist site to pose as his fiancée so that his earthy grandmother, soon to arrive from the countryside, stops pressuring him to get married. Director Ritesh Batra is reunited here with the magnetic actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, among the most interesting and intriguing presences in global cinema.

“[Photograph] is a nuanced, slow-burn, will-they-or-won’t-they romance. In quietly eloquent scenes, it explores not just the emotions of the two apparently mismatched characters, but the personal histories that shape them and the social expectations they confront … Nawazuddin Siddiqui is subtle yet dynamic as Rafi. Throughout, his eyes reveal the intense feelings he’s sorting through.” – Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Ritesh Batra

After starting his career by making short films, Ritesh Batra debuted his first feature The Lunchbox in 2013, winning numerous prizes, including the Grand Golden Rail at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Screenplay Award and Jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Batra’s other films include The Sense of an Ending (2017), for which he won the Directors to Watch prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Our Souls at Night (2017).

Film Details

Year 2019

Language Hindi, Gujarati

Runtime 108

Country India/Germany

Director Ritesh Batra

Producer Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, Ritesh Batra, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Michel Merkt

Writer Ritesh Batra

Editor John F. Lyons

Cinematographer Tim Gillis, Ben Kutchins

Music Peter Raeburn

Cast Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar