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The Waiting City


104 mins


Claire McCarthy


Claire McCarthy


Radha Mitchell
Joel Edgerton
Samrat Chakrabarti
Isabel Lucas

An outwardly happy Australian couple, Ben and Fiona, journey to Calcutta, India to collect their adopted baby, but on arrival find that the arrangements at the agency have yet to be finalised.

They have no option but to wait in this chaotic, foreign place. But as the intoxicating mystic powers of the Indian city pull them each in separate and unexpected directions, the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself.

Forced to confront their differences and the concealed deep secrets that they've both been long avoiding, Ben and Fiona ultimately rediscover themselves and a belief in life's possibilities, their marriage and the invigorating power and joy of the human spirit.

THE WAITING CITY is written and directed by rising talent Claire McCarthy and produced by Jamie Hilton and brings together an incredible Australian cast including Radha Mitchell (Finding Neverland, Pitch Black), Joel Edgerton (The Square, Star Wars: Episode II & III) and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).

“A welcome addition to the new Australian cinema” The Hollywood Reporter
“A poignant, perceptive tale of one couple’s effort to have a child” Screen Daily
  • Official selection
    Toronto International Film Festival

  • Official selection
    Pusan Film Festival

  • Official selection
    Mumbai Film Festival