New York's South Asian Film Fest to Open With 'Monsoon Shootout'

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"Monsoon Shootout"

The 10th edition of the festival, presented by HBO, will also screen this year's Oscar entries from India, "The Good Road," and Pakistan, "Good Morning, Karachi."

The 10th South Asian International Film Festival in New York will open with Amit Kumar's noir thriller Monsoon Shootout, which premiered at this year's Cannes Midnight Screenings.

The SAIFF will also showcase Pakistan's 2013 Oscar entry, Good Morning, Karachi, and close with India's Oscar entry, The Good Road. Also screening is India's Kush, a potential candidate for the Oscars' short film category.

The festival also includes notable films like Anup Singh's Qissa, Richie Mehta's Siddarth and edgy Bengali director Q's Tasher Desh, among others.

The festival takes place at the SVA Theater and NYIT Auditorium. Its jury members this year include HBO vp talent development Kelly Edwards; First Run Features president Seymour Wishman; the Museum of Modern Art's chief curator of film, Rajendra Roy; CAVU Pictures co-founder and president of distribution Isil Bagdadi; Zeitgeist Films co-president Emily Russo; and Wellesley College South Asian Studies professor Deborah Matzner.

The festival, presented by Time Warner's HBO, runs Dec. 3-8.