Vijay and I
by Sam Garbarski
Will Wilder is sulking because it seems his family and friends have forgotten his 40th birthday. And now everyone believes that he's dead after his stolen car is involved in a bad accident. Life couldn't be worse for a talented New York actor already frustrated by his demeaning role as the green Bad Luck Bunny on a children's TV show.
Will decides to fulfill a fantasy and attend his own funeral to find out what everyone truly thinks of him. With the aid of his best friend Rad, an Indian restaurant-owner, Will becomes Vijay Singh, a handsome and gentlemanly Sikh, complete with turban and beard.
Surprisingly, Will's beautiful wife Julia takes a romantic interest in sexy stranger Vijay. Protected by his disguise, Will soon ends up courting his own widow! As Vijay, Will learns some embarrassing truths about himself and he is confronted with a unique problem: he likes Vijay more than he ever liked himself. And so does everyone else!
VIJAY AND I is Sam Garbarski's fourth feature film. Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Patricia Arquette and Danny Pudi, VIJAY AND I made its world premiere at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival.
Garbarski's second feature film, IRINA PALM, was an international hit, distributed in over 40 countries and shown in nearly thirty festivals after premiering in Berlin Competition. Starring Marianne Faithfull, the crowd-pleaser also won prestigious awards, including Italy's David di Donatello (Oscar equivalent) for Best European Film.
Garbarski's other features are A DISTANT NEIGHBORHOOD (QUARTIER LOINTAIN), based on Jiro Tanaguchi's popular manga, and RASHEVSKI'S TANGO (LE TANGO DES RASHEVSKI), a prize-winner at the 2004 Jerusalem Film Festival.
2013 VIJAY AND I
2010 A DISTANT NEIGHBORHOOD (QUARTIER LOINTAIN)
2007 IRINA PALM
2003 RASHEVSKI'S TANGO (LE TANGO DES RACHEVSKI)
Moritz Bleibtreu - Will
Patricia Arquette - Julia
Danny Pudi - Rad
Catherine Missal - Lily (daughter)
Michael Imperioli - Micky
Jeannie Berlin - Mrs Korkowski
Moni Moshonov - Mr Korkowski
Hanna Shygulla - Will's Mother
Michael Gwisdek - Will's Father
Tania Garbarski - Alex (TV director)
Director Sam Garbarski
Screenplay Sam Garbarski, Philippe Blasband and Matthew Robbins
Based on an original idea by Sam Garbarski
Director of Photography Alain Duplantier
Editor Sandrine Deegen
Production Designer Veronique Sacrez
Sound Editor Francois Dumont
Costumes Catherine Marchand
Key Make-up Claudine Moureaud
Key Hair Rene Jordan
Produced by Sebastien Delloye, Jani Thiltges, Reinhard Brundig
Production companies Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Samsa Film (Luxembourg), Pandora Filmproduktion (Germany)
Format: DCP / 1:2.39 / color / Dolby SRD
Length: 96 min.
Original language: English