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First Clip & New Poster For VICEROY'S HOUSE, Starring Gillian Anderson

A first clip and new poster have been released for Gurinder Chadha's colonial drama.

Chronicling the final days of British rule in India, director Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House stars Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville. The film will recieve its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday 12th February 2017.

Chadha, who was inspired by her own childhood experiences, said "I am honoured that Viceroy's House has been selected by the Berlin Film Festival. My film is an inspirational intensely personal true story about the traumatic events that took place at the end of the British Empire in India, events that tore my own family apart. The Festival gives us a brilliant opportunity to showcase my passion project to a global audience."

Viceroy's House is released in UK/ROI cinemas March 3rd.

The official synopsis reads:

Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end.  For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.

The film’s story unfolds within that great House.  Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants.  As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.  A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day. 

The film examines these events through the prism of a marriage - that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten - and a romance - that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet, and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia.  The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope.

VICEROY’S HOUSE is a film that is both epic and intimate, with an inspirational message that celebrates tolerance.  Many of the events depicted are either unknown or forgotten, but all have strong contemporary relevance in terms of lessons to be learnt concerning the politics of division and fear, the origins of religious extremism, and our moral responsibility towards migrants fleeing violence for a better life.