Wednesday, February 26,
Clearview's 1st & 62nd
Arrive at least fifteen minutes early to ensure good seats!
The film will open in select U.S. theaters on March 12, 2003 so join us for this special advanced screening while supporting SALAAM Theatre. Jewels of SALAAM receive VIP complimentary admission.
A smash-hit in the UK, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM is the third feature from award-winning writer/director Gurinder Chadha (BHAJI ON THE BEACH, WHAT'S COOKING?). The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, won the audience vote for best film at the Sydney Film Festival and the Prix du Public audience award at the Locarno Film Festival. The Toronto International Film Festival marks BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM's North American premiere.
A kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister, Pinky, who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess' dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess' unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream...and a soccer ball.
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM boasts an exciting array of British talent that includes newcomer Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley (THE HOLE, STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (VELVET GOLDMINE, PROZAC NATION), Juliet Stevenson (TRULY MADLY DEEPLY, EMMA), Frank Harper (LUCKY BREAK, LOCK STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS), award-winning songwriter Shaznay Lewis (of pop group All Saints) and, making his debut appearance in an English language feature, Bollywood superstar Anupam Kher.
The film is produced by Chadha and Deepak Nayar, whose extensive credits include the Oscar-nominated BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB. This Special Advanced Screening is exclusively brought to you by SALAAM Theatre, Geeta Citygirl and Fox Searchlight Pictures.
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