TIFF 2011: Films We Are Most Looking Forward To: Trailer For Michael Winterbottom’s ‘Trishna’

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Michael Winterbottom is the prolific English filmmaker who has directed seventeen feature films in the past fifteen years, three of which (Welcome to Sarajevo, Wonderland and 24 Hour Party People) were nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Well as expected he is back at TIFF and a trailer has dropped for his latest dramatic endeavour ahead of its Toronto premiere next month.

Synopsis: Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Trishna tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business.

After an accident destroys her father’s Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialization, urbanization and, above all, education. Trishna’s tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.

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