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Heat and Dust

This high-spirited and romantic film, adapted from Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s novel, deals with colonial and ‘Indian’ India.

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UK 1983
Dir James Ivory
With Julie Christie, Shashi Kapoor, Greta Scacchi
Digital 4K
Certificate 15
A BFI release

This beautifully restored adaptation of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s novel, winner of the 1975 Booker Prize for Fiction, interleaves a young Englishwoman’s journey of discovery in the present-day India with a scandalous incident of family history, set in the 1920s in the Civil Lines of a backwater Indian state. Amid the contrasting landscapes of the Deccan, Kashmir and London, this film – high-spirited and romantic – deals with the colonial and ‘Indian’ India. The latter had an effect on a western sensibility in the 1920s and 1980s, as well as the tug of feeling set up when a choice has to be made between the beloved familiar and the mysteriously attractive unknown.

Julie Pearce, Head of BFI Distribution

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