Lion

Garth DavisAustralia120 minutes2016PGColourEnglish Hindi Bengali

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Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman star in the true story of Saroo Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple after being separated from his family in India at the age of five, and then located his original home using Google Earth 25 years later.

From the production team that brought us The King's Speech comes Lion: the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley and his 25-year odyssey.

Precocious five-year-old Saroo Khan is always up for an adventure. Eager to help his older brother Guddu with any odd job that will provide their family with much-needed money, Saroo follows Guddu everywhere he goes. One night the two boys are separated on a train platform in their native Madhya Pradesh, and Saroo winds up nearly a thousand miles away in Calcutta.

Homeless in a strange city where he doesn't speak the language, Saroo gets by on his street smarts until he is taken in by a government orphanage. When an Australian couple adopts him, he is taken to live with them in Hobart, Tasmania. It's not until Saroo leaves that island as a young Australian man that he begins to wonder what became of his first home and the family he so adored. Ingeniously using satellite images from Google Earth, he finds a lead to follow up on. But the search for Saroo's past threatens to overwhelm his present, and he finds himself further adrift than he ever imagined possible.

Adapting Brierley's own book, A Long Way Home, screenwriter Luke Davies and first-time director Garth Davis infuse the story with quiet heartbreak. Newcomer Sunny Pawar lights up the screen as the young boy, and Dev Patel delivers a deeply affecting performance as the adult Saroo. Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara (also at the Festival in Una and The Secret Scripture) and Tannishtha Chatterjee round out Lion's all-star international cast, while Greig Fraser's arresting photography conveys the overwhelming chaos and beauty of Saroo's two worlds. This remarkable journey shows us how home transcends borders and family transcends blood.

JANE SCHOETTLE

Australia + New ZealandFamilyBiographyDramaFirst FeatureSouth Asia

Additional Credits

Director
Garth Davis
Production Company
See-Saw Films
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian, Daniel Levin
Producer
Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
Screenplay
Luke Davies
Cinematographer
Greig Fraser
Editor
Alexandre de Franceschi
Production Designer
Chris Kennedy
Sound
Robert Mackenzie
Original Score
Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka
Cast
Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Pallavi Sharda
Primary Publicity
The Weinstein Company
International Sales Agent
The Weinstein Company
Canadian Distributor
Entertainment One
US Distributor
The Weinstein Company