Saawan - Foreign Language Best Picture Contender 3


AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Tue, Oct 17, 2017 12:30 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Special Presentation
Release Year:2017
Runtime:137 min
Production Country:Pakistan, USA, India
Original Language:Urdu
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Farhan Alam
Cast:Karam Hussain
Najiba Faiz
Yorguc Tipu Sharif
Imran Aslam
Saleem Mairaj
Arif Bahlim
Producer(s):Farhan Alam
Mashood Qadri
Screenwriter:Mashood Qadri
Executive Producer(s):Asma Qadri
Mashood Qadri


Part of the inaugural "Best Foreign Language Award Contender" Sidebar featuring 10 films submitted to the 2018 Academy Awards as their respective country's official entry for "Best Foreign Language Film." 
Country: Pakistan
Distributor: Kalaker
Film Synopsis: "Saawan" is a story of a nine-year-old Baluchistani boy, stricken by polio in Pakistan. He was rejected by his father, hated by society and harassed by his peers. He gets left behind in his village as the residents are forced to vacate the valley where they live. But he relies on the memories of his mother and begins a journey into the city. Saawan achieves self-rehabilitation, befriends a spirt living in the mountains and meet his new best friend, a three-legged dog. He then encounters kidnappers from whom he rescues 4 kids. While on his trip, he is followed by the kidnapper, with his father and a journalist tracing his steps in search of him. As he is close to finishing his journey the kidnapper attacks killing 40 people.
A Message from International Film Programmer Hannah Fisher:
We request that our audiences keep an open mind in viewing these films – as all are selected by the country of origin as the most representative film of the year. Some of the films may be unusual for Heartland Festival, but all films in this category will have been selected by various industry organizations, along with funding bodies and government agencies. Films in the “Foreign Language Best Picture Contender” sidebar contain mature themes and strong content.
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