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Pelham's Picture House Screens 'Learning To Drive'

Sarita Choudhury attends the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access Kick-off Celebration at The Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom on April 18, 2010 in New York City.
Sarita Choudhury attends the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access Kick-off Celebration at The Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom on April 18, 2010 in New York City. Photo Credit: Photo by Ben Hider
Director of "Learning to Drive," Isabel Coixet.
Director of "Learning to Drive," Isabel Coixet. Photo Credit: Contributed

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Picture House will screen "Learning to Drive" on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., as well as hold a Q&A wih director Isabel Coixet and actress Sarita Choudhury.

A literary agent (Patricia Clarkson) whose husband left her and a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) on the verge of an arranged marriage, find that each has something to learn from the other about starting life anew.

Born in San Adrián de Besós, Barcelona, at the age 27, Coixet premièred her first feature film,  "Demasiado viejo para morir joven." She moved to the U.S. where she filmed her next film, "Things I Never Told You" (1996).

She combines film with advertising, shooting ads for some of the most important international firms. She won four Goyas for The Secret Life of Words (2005). In 2009 she premièred Map of the Sounds of Tokyo shot in Japan and Barcelona.

After her debut film "Mississippi Masala" (1992) became an art house hit, Choudhury was determined not to “go Hollywood,” focusing her acting energies on independent film instead. Raised in Jamaica, Mexico, and Italy, the half-Indian, half-English Choudhury studied economics at Queens University in Ontario before switching to acting.

By the late 1990's, Choudhury added a touch of Hollywood to her repertoire with supporting roles in the glossy Alfred Hitchcock remake "A Perfect Murder" (1998) and the John Cassavetes retread "Gloria" (1999). A series of key roles in such little-seen independents as "Rhythm of the Saints," "Marmalade," and "Indocumentados" was offset by lesser roles in wuch wide-release efforts as "It Runs in the Family," "She Hate Me," and M. Night Shyamalan’s "Lady in the Water." You can also see her on Showtime’s "Homeland" in the role of Saul Berenson’s wife Mira.

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