Light-hearted drama won Sundance audience award.

The Oldenburg Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to close with Umrika, an Indian drama from writer-director Prashant Nair’s that stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori.

The film, first seen at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the audience award, is set in the mid-1980s and centres on a small village in India that is invigorated when one of their own travels to America and details his adventures through letters home.

But when the letters mysteriously stop, his younger brother Rama ( Sharma) sets out on a journey to find him. With the help of his best friend Lalu (Revolori), Rama retraces his brother’s steps and charts a path of his own.

The Hindi-language film will be jointly released in German cinemas on Nov 19 by Ascot Elite and CaminoFilmverleih.

Highlights at this year’s Oldenburg Film Festival include the world premires of US high school thriller H8RX, directed by Derrick Borte, and Claire Carré’s dystopian feature, Embers.

Other titles include the German premiere of Sergi Pérez’s The Long Way Home, the international premiere of Julian M. Grünthal and Samuel Schwartz’s Polder, and Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen’s love story, Meet Me In Montenegro.