|Posted by Ginger Liu on October 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM|
Sandcastle was also nominated in the Best Foreign Language Feature Film category at the London International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 and nabbed four nominations at the Tenerife International Film Festival 2013, including nods for Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor.
Sandcastle is director Shomshuklla’s first feature and tells the story of Sheila, (Shahana Chatterjee) whose upper middle-class life in India isn’t as perfect as she hoped it would be. Sheila is a home-maker, an aspiring writer and loving mother. From an outsiders perspective it would seem like she has the perfect life. Her husband is a wealthy advertising maverick and she is part of the elite middle-class of Indian society. But like the shifting of the sands, is it all slipping through her fingers? How will she build her own dreams? In all that she has, does she really have a voice of her own?
The story of Sandcastle reflects one’s belief in the ability to build a perfect life. But even in perfection there is emptiness and wanting. What is perfect to one person is misery for another. The film focuses on contemporary women in urban India and the changes in society that have molded these women as an independent and self directing force of nature. Shomshuklla shows two colliding worlds of fateful acceptance and feminine Indian independence and individuality.