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GIFFONI50PLUS - 21.31 JULY 2021

Archivio Film 2019


Category: Edition 2019

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit. The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditionalist father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

Category Official Competition
Section Generator +13
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 114'
Production Year 2019
Nationality United Kingdom
Directed by Gurinder Chadha
Screenplay Sarfraz Manzoor, Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges
Based on the book "Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock’N’Roll"
by Sarfraz Manzoor
Director of photography Ben Smithard
Editor Justin Krish
Production Design Nick Ellis
Costume Design Annie Hardinge
Music A.R. Rahman
Main cast Viveik Kalra
Kulvinder Ghir
Meera Ganatra
Nell Williams
Aaron Phagura
Hayley Atwell
Dean-Charles Chapman
Produced by Gurinder Chadha, Jane Barclay, Jamal Daniel

 regista Gurinder ChadhaGURINDER CHADHA
Gurinder Chadha is one of the UK’s most respected award-winning filmmakers. She made her directing debut with the documentary "I'm British but...". Her first feature, "Bhaji on the Beach", hareceived a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Newcomer to British Cinema. Her next film, "What's Cooking?", was the Opening Night Film of Sundance in 2000 and was the first British script to be invited to the Sundance Institute’s Writer’s Lab. Chadha’s "Bend it like Beckham" was the highest-grossing British-distributed film ever in the UK, topped box office charts internationally, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, a BAFTA Award nomination for Best British Film, and a Writers Guild nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Her other films include "Bride & Prejudice", "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging", "It's a Wonderful Afterlife" and "Viceroy's House". She more recently created the upcoming drama series "Beecham House" for ITV and Masterpiece/PBS. Chadha was awarded an O.B.E. in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the British Film Industry.

Director's statement
"At a time of such political and social instability in the world, this film provides us with a vital reminder of our shared humanity and the transformative power of music on both a personal and global scale.” On meeting Bruce Springsteen in 2010: “I quickly pitched him the film we wanted to make from the book Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock’N’Roll on the red carpet and to our excitement Bruce nodded and said, ‘Sounds good, talk to Jon.’ We then spent several years developing a script we knew had to impress Springsteen and managers Jon Landau and Barbara Carr or there would be no film without his music and blessings".


Bend It Films
(United Kingdom)

world sales
Cornerstone Films Limited
(United Kingdom)

Italian distribution
festival contact
Warner Bros. Pictures