Bafta Debuts Tour: The Warrior

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As part our British Cinema Season we are pleased to present a selection of films which celebrate the work of British directors who have won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. A rare opportunity for audiences to see this exceptional work again on the big screen.

The Warrior:

'Breathtaking beauty.' Roger Ebert

**'A terrifically confident piece of film-making, a movie which hits such an exhilarating stride from the outset it is difficult to credit that this is Kapadia's first full-length venture.' *The Guardian***

The Warrior is the debut of documentary master Asif Kapadia. Before Senna and the Oscar-winning Amy, there was this sumptuous epic starring Bollywood royalty Irffan Khan* (who also starred in *The Lunchbox *and The Life of Pi). Gripped by a vision, Khan plays Lafcadia, a man torn between the path of peace and the path of war. From the deserts of Rajasthan to the snowy Himalayas, this is an astonishingly ambitious terrifically confident' (Guardian*) debut feature that deserves to be discovered on the big screen in this new DCP transfer.

Lafcadia (Khan) is the leader of a group of warriors hired by a local lord to enforce his rule among the people. When he is ordered to punish a village that has failed to pay tribute, Lafcadia renounces his violent ways and sets off on a journey to the mountain village in which he was born. The lord then dispatches Biswas (Aino Annuddin), Lafcadia's second-in-command, to track-down the former warrior and punish his betrayal with death.

**'Told with uncommon precision and depth.' *New York Times***

Director: Asif Kapadia

UK/France/Germany/India 2001

Run time: 86 mins

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Independent Cinema Office and Into Film.”

*"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" *

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