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‘Midnight’s Children’ in Official Competition at LFF 2012

Indian-Canadian director Deepa Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ has been included in the Official Competition at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival, which begins next month.

The film, adapted by Salman Rushdie from his Booker-nominated book of the same name, will have its’ European Premiere at the 56th edition of the Festival which gets underway October 10.

Midnight’s Children will go up against Michael Winterbottom’s ‘EVERYDAY’, Sally Potter’s coming-of-age ensemble drama ‘Ginger and Rosa’ and Martin McDonagh’s star-studded crime caper ‘Seven Psychopaths’.

The Official Competition is part of a string of significant changes to this year’s Festival with competitive sections given much more prominence during the 12-day event.

Midnight’s Children had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and received mixed reviews with critics citing the difficulty of reducing a seminal 600-page work into a 130-page screenplay.  

Toronto’s Globe and Mail said the film was “competent” but the book’s “wryly witty tone was gone.  All that is left is the plot.  Diminished yet recitative, like episodic milestones duly checked off on a laboured journey.”

The general public however, received the film warmly with extended standing ovations at screenings.  

Set in 1947, the book, and the movie adaptation, deals with India’s transition to independence and the creation of Pakistan.  

– UKAsian Staff

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