We’re looking forward to returning to the Toronto Silent Film Festival as part of their spring 2019 offerings. On April 5/19 we’ll play a new accompaniment to Shiraz, an Indian-German-British co-production from 1928. It’s a beautiful film (106 min.), and this is the Canadian premiere of its restored version.
Loosely based on the immortal 17th Century romance between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, this jewel of early Indian cinema is the striking and heartbreaking tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal. Shot entirely on location in India, including the ancient fort at Agra, this sweeping epic feature lavish costumes and exquisite architecture made all the more impressive by a stunning restoration by the BFI National Archive.
Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himanshu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, and features Rai as the humble potter Shiraz, who spends his life searching for his childhood sweetheart Selima after she is kidnapped and sold by slave traders to the future emperor.
This is the TSFF’s opening night show and it’s a great honour and pleasure to be involved!
Last time we played at the TSFF the show sold out and apparently about 100 people had to be turned away – so get your tickets now! Early bird prices available until January 31.