Ritesh Batra’s ‘The Sense of an Ending’ wins 3 awards at film festival in San Francisco

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NEW YORK: Acclaimed director Ritesh Batra has won three awards for his upcoming film ‘The Sense of an Ending’ from the Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco including Jury Prize for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Jim Broadbent. Following his award-winning hit The Lunchbox, Batra’s new film releases exclusively in New York and Los Angeles this Friday, March 10, and nationwide next week on March 17.

The film stars Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), Harriet Walter (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Good Behavior, Non-Stop), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), Billy Howle (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), Freya Mavor (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Belle) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Melancholia).

The film revolves around the life of Tony Webster (Broadbent). He leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

The film is an adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Booker Prize-winning novel The Sense of an Ending.

Batra is a BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominated writer-director, and is known for his debut feature film The Lunchbox starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and won Rail d’Or (Grand Golden Rail).

Batra also won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014. The Lunchbox has been called the highest grossing foreign film in America, Europe and Australia for the year of 2014 grossing over $25 million.