Anurag kashyap is back to the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) with his film Ugly. He closed the festival in 2012 with his highly acclaimed film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur‘, a two-part five-hour-long drama centered around the coal mafia of Dhanbad, Jharkhand.

NYIFF is considered one of the oldest and prestigious Indian Film Festival in the US, now celebrating its 14th year. It showcases the talent of the greatest minds working in the industry. This year, NYIFF will run from May 5- 10 at some of New York’s most celebrated venues.

These include the Skirball Centre for Performing Arts, where the opening and closing films are set to be screened, NYIFF announced Tuesday.

Anurag kashyap will open the film festival this year with his film ‘Ugly’ which is a sensational tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence that begins with the disappearance of an aspiring actor’s 10-year-old daughter.

“We are thrilled to be opening this year’s New York Indian Film Festival with Anurag Kashyap’s new film Ugly,” said festival director Aseem Chhabra.

“Anurag has been in the forefront of India’s growing indie films movement, always pushing the boundaries and inspiring the new generation of filmmakers. Personally I am a big fan of his films.”

Anurag will also be a part of the post screening conversation which will be followed by the opening night gala event and will be attended by distinguished IAAC supporters and other filmmakers.

NYIFF has chosen noted filmmaker Aparna Sen’s  ‘Goynar Baksho’ as the film which will screened at the closing night of the event.

Renowned actress and first time director Geethu Mohandas will showcase her film ‘Liar’s Dice’ as this year’s centerpiece.