Ritesh Batra shines at Palm Springs

Right at the start of 2017, the 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival opened on January 2nd with Ritesh Batra’s latest film, ‘The Sense of an Ending’.

The film stars Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling along with Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Dockery. It is based on the Julian Barnes novel about a three-way love story and its repercussions over ensuing decades.

Michael Lerman, Artistic Director of Palm Springs Film Festival and Ritesh Batra at the Opening Night Screening World Premiere of ‘The Sense of An Ending’ at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film on January 5, 2017 in Palm Springs, California.


Ritesh Batra’s film ‘The Lunchbox’ became a sensation as one the first ever Indian films with an Indian theme that blazed through the box office globally. With sales across all major and minor territories, including France, Switzerland, USA and Germany among others. It brought India and Indian film content to the notice of the international film world and its distribution network in recent years, paving the way for more Indian indie features.



‘The Sense of an Ending’ is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 10, 2017, by CBS Films and Lionsgate. The film received glowing tributes when it premiered at Palm Springs. Peter Debruge of Variety writes:

“A couple of years back, festival audiences fell in love with Indian director Ritesh Batra’s genuine gem of a debut, ‘The Lunchbox’, in which an accountant on the brink of retirement exchanges intimate notes with the complete stranger who has been cooking for him each day. That low-key treasure displayed Batra’s unique touch for the subtle sense of longing and mystery that can haunt men of a certain age, and proved to be an ideal precursor to the director’s first English language film, ‘The Sense of an Ending’, a well-acted, if somewhat trickier dish to digest, focusing on a British divorcée’s futile search for closure to a long-ago relationship. Batra, in his first outing since making an international name for himself four years ago with ‘The Lunchbox’, does a subtle, nuanced job in dealing with the old folks’ unearthed primal issues, even as his film settles for reassuring lessons learned rather than challenging provocations.”

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