The Warrior

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BAFTA Debuts

Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia will introduce the film.

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.

“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

BAFTA Debuts is a special series that celebrates the work of British directors who have won the BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut and gone on to stellar careers, including Lynne Ramsey, Andrea Arnold and Steve McQueen.

See the full programme here.

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

BBFC rating
Running time
86 mins
UK, France, Germany, India
Asif Kapadia
Irfan Khan, Puru Chhibber, Mandakini Goswami

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August 15th

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