Screenings of Cinephile Film Club
This Thursday, 27th June at 6.30 pm, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the French film, La Ceremonie (1995) directed by Claude Chabrol. We would also like to inform you that the European Film Festival will be held from 4th – 8th July 2019, the details of which will be out shortly.
Film: La Ceremonie (French with English subtitles)
Directed by: Claude Chabrol
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins
Director Claude Chabrol, who was a part of the French New Wave, made 50 odd films during his illustrious career and most of them were thrillers but in a different mould, his films would objectively observe the characters and their actions. Chabrol acknowledged the influence of Hitchcock on his films but was equally inspired by greats like Murnau, Lubitsch and Lang.
Adapted from the novel A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell, La Ceremonie, is about a young woman who is hired as a maid in a rather big and isolated mansion by a rich family. She befriends the local postmistress Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert) and both have something in common, as far as their past in concerned. With some twists and turns, it leads to some unpredictable events, also making it a study of human behavior. Both Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabelle Huppert won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival that year.
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This Thursday, 20th June at 6.30 pm, at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of Once Upon A Time in the West(1968), the cult classic directed by Sergio Leone. The details are as given below
Film: Once Upon A Time in The West
Cast: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson
Directed by: Sergio Leone
Duration: 2 hrs 40 mins
Director Quentin Tarantino is on record saying that Once Upon a Time in the West is a film that made him consider filmmaking, that is the kind of influence that this film has had, on filmmakers and film lovers. In fact, the title of Tarantino’s soon to be released new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a tribute to the Leone film.
Sergio Leone made only seven feature films during his career but each of the films, particularly the westerns, like the ‘Dollar’ trilogy, has left an indelible mark in the annals of cinema. Once Upon a Time in the West is about a woman (Claudia Cardinale) and three men around her, with different motives. Shot on widescreen, the film also has a memorable music score by the legendary Ennio Morricone.
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This Thursday, 6th June 6.30 pm at the Cinephile Film Club, Panjim, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the acclaimed Korean film, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003) directed by Kim Ki Duk. The details are as follows –
Film: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (Korean with English subtitles)
Directed by: Kim Ki Duk
Duration:1 hr 42 mins
One of renowned film maker Kim Ki Duk’s most well received film, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring is set in a remote and picturesque mountain lake in the wilderness in South Korea. With some stunningly beautiful visuals, the story divided in segments is about the seasons of life of a Buddhist monk and his teacher. Even though it revolves around Buddhist philosophy, the story is universal, in more ways than one. Film critic Roger Ebert included it in his list of ‘Great Movies’ and wrote “Rarely has a movie this simple moved me this deeply. I feel as if I could review it in a paragraph, or discuss it for hours.”
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This Thursday 30th May, 6.30 p.m. at the Cinephile Film Club, Maqiunez Palace, Panjim, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the acclaimed German film, Angst essen Seele auf (Ali :Fear eats the soul), a love story directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The details are given below –
Film: Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear eats the soul, German with English subtitles)
Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Duration: 93 mins
During his short but illustrious career, Rainer Werner Fassbinder made about 40 odd films in just 14 years. There was a time when more than one Fassbinder film was playing at major festivals around the world. What is equally significant is that he died at the age of 37 – but he left an indelible mark in the world of cinema. Not just that, he also directed two television series and wrote 24 plays during that time.
Angst essen Seele auf (Ali: Fear eats the soul) is considered to be one of his best films – made in 1974, it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. This remarkable story is about a 60-year-old woman and a 35 something-year-old Moroccan immigrant. Even though they come from different backgrounds, a romance develops between them and they marry, much to the chagrin of the people around them. A telling tale on human nature and society, this is a simple yet powerful and profound film.
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This Thursday, 23rd May, 6.30 pm at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much, as a tribute to Doris Day, the singer/actress who passed away recently. The details are as follows:
Film: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956, color)
Cast: James Stewart, Doris Day
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
One of Hitchcock’s most well-known films, The Man Who Knew Too Much has two popular actors who were at the peak of their career. James Stewart and Doris Day play a couple, Ben and Jo, whose son is kidnapped because Ben is in the know of a secret about a political assassination that has been passed on to him by an intelligence agent. The couple then has to take matters in their hands to rescue their son. The memorable climax has Doris Day singing Que Sera Sera which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Shot in Vistavision, this film is a treat to watch on the big screen.
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This thursday 16th May 2019 at 6.30 pm, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of Blood Simple, the debut film of Joel and Ethan Coen. Made in 1984, this gem of a thriller paved the way for bigger things for the Coen brothers, as we know them now. The details of the film are as follows –
Film: Blood Simple (English, 1984)
Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, M. Emmett Walsh
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Long before they made Fargo, Burn After Reading, No Country For Old Men, The Big Lebowski, The Coen brothers made a smashing debut with Blood Simple which was also the first film for actress Frances McDormand who went on to marry Joel Coen and now has two Oscars and two Emmy awards to her credit.
This story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns and situations involves a husband (Dan Hedaya) who hires a detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to kill his cheating wife and her lover. But nothing goes according to plan. The New York Post in an apt review of this film said, ‘It’s like watching Alfred Hitchcock try to solve a Rubik’s cube in a roadside diner.’ Unlike what the title suggests, there isn’t a lot of blood or gore in the film – in fact, this is the work of geniuses when it comes to the screenplay.
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This Thursday 9th May at 6.30 pm at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the cult German film, Fitzcarraldo directed by Werner Herzog. The details are given below –
Film:Fitzcarraldo (German with English subtitles)
Directed by: Werner Herzog
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
Winner of the Best Director at Cannes in 1982, Fitzcarraldo is nothing short of a very ambitious and grand film. Inspired by the story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an Irishman in Peru who was known as Fitzcarraldo, Herzog regular, Klaus Kinski plays the lead role. He is very fond of opera and wants to build an opera house in the jungle and is determined to do so, never mind if he has to drag a boat, over a steep hill. Herzog actually used a 350 ton boat for those scenes, without any special effects. Since they were shooting in the rain forest among the tribals, by the end of it all, it turned out to be a very stressful experience for everyone involved (a documentary called Burden of Dreamswas about the making of this film) – but nevertheless, this is the madness of film making at its best.
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This Thursday, 2nd May at 6.30 pm, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the Lebanese film Caramel, directed by Nadine Labaki, whose recent filmCapernaum was nominated for an Oscar. The details of the film are given below.
Film: Caramel (Lebanese with English subtitles)
Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
One of the most talented personalities in world cinema today, Nadine Labaki is not just a director but a very fine actress as well who stars in the film.Caramel was her debut feature which won several awards around the globe and was Lebanon’s official entry at the Oscars.
This is a lightweight yet poignant film about five women in Beirut who often meet at a beauty salon – they are dealing with everyday issues like duty, desire, tradition, aging and more. As one critic said about the film, “Caramel is filled with more dignity, class, and realism than a Sex and the City could ever muster.’
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This Thursday, 25th April, 6.30 pm at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the cult classic Japanese film, Yojimbo (1961) directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film was remade in English as A Fistful of Dollars (1961) by Sergio Leone and Last Man Standing (1996) with Bruce Willis in the lead. The details of the film are as given below –
Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Duration: 2 hrs
One of the most influential films of all time, Kurosawa’s Yojimbo has a very special place not just in his filmography but in the annals of cinema. The legendary Toshiro Mifune stars in the lead role as a Samurai, who pits two warring factions against each other in this highly stylish film which is known for its cinematography, making it a treat on the big screen. The widescreen and some dramatic shots have admired and dissected endlessly over the years and even Clint Eastwood’s ‘Man with no name’ title in the famous trilogy is inspired by Yojimbo.
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This Thursday, 18th April at the Cinephile Film Club, Panjim, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the Serbian comedy Black Cat, White Cat directed by Emir Kusturica. The details of the film are as given below
Film: Black Cat, White Cat (1998, Serbian, subtitled in English)
Directed by: Emir Kusturica
Duration:2 hrs 5 mins
One of the most respected names in world cinema, Emir Kusturica had already made a name for himself with When Father Was Away on Business(1985) and Underground (1995) when he made this film.
Black Cat, White Cat is a hilarious comedy about a small-time crook, his tryst with a gangster and a wedding gone wrong. Winner of the Little Golden and Silver Lion (Best Direction) at Venice the film is directed by the acclaimed Emir Kusturica and a completely whacky script adds to the universal appeal of the film.
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This Thursday, 11th April at 6.30 pm, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the acclaimed documentary film, Faces Places directed by Agnès Varda, the legendary filmmaker who passed away recently. Winner of 35 odd awards (including the Golden Eye and Palme de Whiskers at Cannes) and an Oscar nomination, the film received rave reviews around the globe. The details are as given below:
Film: Faces Places (Visages Villages)
Directed by: Agnès Varda & JR
Duration: 94 mins
One of the biggest names in world cinema, Agnès Varda passed away a couple of weeks back, leaving behind a tremendous body of work which has inspired filmmakers over at least two generations. For almost 60 years, from her breakthrough film Cleo from 5 to 7 in 1962, she worked and consistently made films, till her last days. Varda was more than just a filmmaker, she was an artist in the truest sense of the word.
In this film, at the age of 89, she teams up with a hipster street artist called JR (who was 33) and they embark on a journey that is creative, profound, witty and it includes a trip to meet the celebrated filmmaker, Jean Luc Godard, who was her contemporary.
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This Thursday 4th April at 6.00 p.m. at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the classic, Ben Hur (1959). Winner of 11 Oscars, this all-time great film is a treat to watch on the big screen. The details are as given below. (Please note that due to the length of the film, the screening will start at 6.00 pm)
Film: Ben Hur (1959)
Directed by: William Wyler
Duration: 3 hrs 30 mins
Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, Ben Hur is a film that hardly needs any introduction. A cult classic, the film is known for its scale and brilliance in storytelling. With contributions to the screenplay by a bunch of writers (including Gore Vidal and Christopher Fry), the film had the biggest budget ever, when it was made, including 10,000 extra and around 3000 animals. Charlton Heston plays the lead role of Judah Ben Hur in this Roman tale that features the famous chariot race.
The film will start at 6.00 p.m. and will be screened with a brief interval.
This Thursday, 28th March at 6.30 p.m. at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of Inside Llewyn Davis, a film by the Coen Brothers about a struggling singer. The details are given below:
Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake
Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen
Duration: 1 hr 44 mins
In their illustrious career, the Coen brothers have made a variety of films and Inside Llewyn Davis stands out in more ways than one. Set in the 1960s, the film centers around a struggling singer played by Oscar Isaacs who plays at various clubs to make ends meet. A fictional story, it is presented in a way that makes it appear like a biographical tale. Starring well-known faces like Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, and Justin Timberlake, the film also has a soundtrack that is for the ages.
This Thursday, 14th March 6.30 pm at the Cinephile Film Club, Sachin Chatte will host the screening of the Chinese film Raise the Red Lantern directed by Zhang Yimou, one of the most well known names in international cinema. The details of the film are as given below –
Film: Raise The Red Lantern (1991, Chinese with English subtitles)
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Duration: 2 hrs
Based on the novel Wives and Concubines, Raise The Red Lantern, this visually stunning film is set in the 1920s and is about a young woman (Gong Li, of Memoirs of a Geisha fame) who finds herself in an unexpected situation. After her father’s death, she gets married to a wealthy man and becomes his fourth wife. She then has to adapt to the new surroundings and deal with the other women who also live in the same castle.
Nominated for the Academy Awards, it won the Silver Lion for Yimou at the Venice film festival and very often finds a place in the list of best films of world cinema.
This week, the Cinephile film club will celebrate International Women’s Day with the screening of Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor on Thursday 7th March at 6.30 pm and a retrospective of acclaimed filmmaker Sai Paranjpye from 8th to 10th March, in the presence of the director. Sparsh (1980), Katha (1983), Disha (1990) and Saaz (1997) are the films which will be screened. The details are as given below.
Film: Across the Universe (English,2007)
Directed by: Julie Taymor
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Date: Thursday 7th March, 6.30 pm
Julie Taymor’s breathtaking musical romantic drama features the Beatles songs as a backdrop. Based on an original screenplay co-written by Taymor, the film was nominated for the Academy Awards (Best costume design) and Golden Globe (Best motion picture. Set in the 1960s, the story is about the romance between a Liverpool artist and an American woman during the Vietnam war. Practically all the popular songs by the Beatles feature in the film, sung by the actors – Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood Timmy Mitchum and more.
Here is a trailer of the film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43aLbo-Y_W0
On International Women’s Day 8th March (Friday), a retrospective of Sai Paranjpye will be inaugurated in her presence with the screening of Sparsh, followed by a Q&A. Paranjpye is a National award-winning director with several well-known films to her credit like Chashme Baddor, Katha, Papeeha, Disha and Saaz. A graduate from the National School of Drama, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan for her contribution to the field of arts. Here are the details of the films to be screened –
Film: Sparsh (Hindi with English subtitles)
Cast: Nasseruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi
Duration: 2 hr 15 mins
Date:8th March – 6.30 pm
Winner of the National award for Best Feature film (Hindi), it also won Sai Paranjpye Best Screenplay and Nasseruddin Shah won the Best Actor for his performance as a visually impaired head in a school for the blind. At the Filmfare awards, it won the Best, Film, Best Director and Best Dialogues.
Film: Katha (Hindi with English subtitles)
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Farooque Shaikh, Deepti Naval
Duration: 2 hrs 18 mins
Date: 9th March – 6.30 pm
Based on the Marathi play Sasa ani Kasaav (The hare and the tortoise) by S.G.Sathye, the film has Rajaram (Naseeruddin Shah) as the tortoise with Bashu (Farooque Shaikh) as his competitor trying to woo Sandhya (Deepti Naval) with cameos by other well-known actors.
Film: Saaz (Hindi with English subtitles)
Cast: Shabani Azmi, Aruna Irani, Zakir Hussain
Duration: 2 hrs 25 mins
Date: 10th March – 4.00 pm
Saaz is a tale of two sisters, played by Aruna Irani and Shabana Azmi who are both singers, with rivalry between them since childhood. Raghuvir Yadav plays their father while tabla maestri Zakir Hussain is seen in a cameo.
Film: Disha (Hindi with English subtitles)
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Nana Patekar, Om Puri
Duration: 2hrs 10 mins
Date: 10th March – 6.30 pm
While migration continues to be a highly discussed subject, Paranjye dealt with it way back in 1990. The story revolves around two farmers from a village in Maharashtra who decide to migrate to Bombay as it was known then, in search of a better life. They realize it the hard way that life is not a bed of roses in the city also.
Film: Cinema Paradiso (Italian with English subtitles)
Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
Duration: 2 hrs 3 mins
One of the greatest love letters to cinema, this 1989 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film also won the BAFTA and a host of other awards. The story is about a film director who recalls his past and how he fell in love with movies, in a small town in Italy. He forms a special bond with Alfredo, the projectionist at the local theatre who teaches him a thing or two about cinema and life.
A film that deserves to be seen on the big screen (it is about cinema after all, which is meant for the big screen), Roger Ebert said “…anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.
Film: Buena Vista Social Club
Directed by: Wim Wenders
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins
Often regarded as one of the best musical docmentaries, Buena Vista Social Club was born when renowned musician Ry Cooder went to Havana, Cuba to record an album with an ensemble of musicians who were away from the limelight for decades and long forgotten. German director Wim Wenders directed this documentary which has some memorable music and heart felt tales from the musicians. Nominated for an Oscar in 2000, it features many legendary cuban musicians including Compay Segunda whose composition Chan Chan is heard across the globe. If you love music, you can’t miss this one.
Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (English,2004)
Cast: Kate Winslett, Jim Carrey, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Duration: 1 hr 46 mins
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has popular actors like Kate Winslett and Jim Carrey – the story of the film though is anything but mainstream. In a nutshell, it is about two lovers who have decided to part and they ‘erase’ each other’s memory from their mind, through a medical procedure. What happens when they meet again? We learn about their past as the non-linear story progresses. As the tagline says ” You can erase someone from your memory, getting them out of your heart is another story.
The title comes from Alexander Pope’s 1717 poem “Eloisa to Abelard,” the sad lament of a woman, remembering her impossible love for Abelard many years before.
Now a cult classic with some serious dissection done about the theme, it is hailed as “truly the love story of our time.”
This Thursday 7th Feb. at 6.30 p.m. the Cinephile Film Club in association with the Film Critics Guild brings to you the winners and nominees of the Critics Choice Short Film Awards that were held recently.
The Film Critics Guild (FCG) is a registered body with critics from all over the country with Anupama Chopra as the Chairperson and Rajeev Masand as the Vice Chairperson and the short film awards was one of the first initiative taken up by the Guild.
Over 500 entries from around the country were received and the FCG voted for the winners in different categories. A gritty film on the state of farmers in Maharashtra, Sambhavtaha directed by Gaurav Madan won four of awards including best film, actor, writer and director. The film has been screened at many festivals and has several won laurels. The story of home grown rooster, Tungrus, directed by Rishi Chandna won the best film and best direction in the non-fiction category. Screened at more than a dozen international festivals, including the BFI London film festival, it also won the best editing for Neha Mehra an FTII graduate who has also won a National award. The other films to be screened include Black Cat (Best cinematography and music score) based on a story by Ruskin Bond, Maa (best actress, Kani Kusruti), a mother daughter story MAD (nominated for best film, actress direction) and Last Day of Summer (nominated for best film, writing and background score).
The following films will be screened which will be introduced by Sachin Chatte –
Sambhavtaa (21 mins, Dir. Gaurav Madan) – Winner of best film, actor, writer and director
Tungrus (13 mins, Dir. Rishi Chandna) – Winner of best film and best direction (non-fiction) and best editing.
Black Cat (22 mins. Dir Bhargav Saikia) Winner of best score and cinematography
Maa (26 mins, Dir Sarjun) Winner of best actress (Kani Kusruti).
Last Day of Summer (20 mins, Dir. George Kora) Nominated for best film, writer and background score.
MAD (21 mins Dir. Vinod Rawat) Nominated for best film, direction and actress.
Film: Ten (2002, Iran, with English subtitles)
Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami
Duration: 90 mins
Date:31st January 2019 6.30 p.m.
Hailed as one of greatest film makers of all time, simplicity was the key to Abbas Kiarostami’s films. Ten which competed for the Palm d’Or at Cannes, is about a lady (Mania Akbari) in her 30’s who drives a car and picks up passengers – a series of conversations with the passengers. Filled with metaphors, the visuals are captured by a small digital camera on the dashboard and without too much fuss, Kiarostami weaves a spell, just through conversations – all the passengers are women, except for the drivers own son (played by her real life son). Barring Akbari, all the other actors are non-professionals.
A minimalist film, Ten inspired Jafar Panahi to make Taxi Tehran which won the Golden Bear at Berlin.
Film: The Edge of Heaven (German with English subtitles)
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Duration: 2 hrs
Date: 24th January 2019 6.30 p.m
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2007, The Edge of Heaven consolidated director Fatih Akin’s stature in world cinema as a film maker to watch out for.
Coincidences play an important part in the story of this film and there a handful of characters, six to be precise – two mothers, two daughters, a father and a son. Given the directors own Turkish roots, he adds political drama to it as well and brings in the issues of migration. It revolves around a young professor who goes in search of a woman who is his father’s lover’s daughter. Replete with unexpected twists and turns and brilliant characterization, this film was Germany’s entry at the Oscars.
Film: Nobody Knows (2004, Japanese with English subtitles)
Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
Date: 17th January 2019 6.30 p.m
One of the masters of contemporary world cinema, director Hirokazu Koreeda has been consistently scaling new heights with every film he makes. His last film Shoplifters (2018) won the prestigious Palm’d’or at Cannes.
Koreeda’s forte is people and relationships and he portrays them with a certain humanity that is rarely seen. Based on a true story,Nobody Knows is about four young siblings, with the oldest being a 12 year old boy. One fine day, their mother leaves them with a note and some money and doesn’t return. Caught in a desperate situation, the children have to fend for themselves and look after each other.
Like all Koreeda films, the story is told in the most simplistic and even mundane manner – but like all his films, the devil lies in the detail and there is a certain meaning behind the simplicity. Among several awards that the film won globally, the 14 year old Yuuya Yagira won the Best actor at Cannes (ahead of the likes Tom Hanks, Geoffrey Rush, Gael Garcia Bernal and Tony Leung), at the young age of 14.
Film: Rear Window (1954, color)
Cast: James Stewart, Gene Kelly
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Duration: 1 hr 52 mins
Date: 10th January 2019 6.30 p.m
One of Hitchcock’s all time great films, Rear Window has the director’s favorite actor James Stewart who plays a photographer who is wheelchair bound, after an accident. Sitting in his apartment, he uses his camera with a telephoto lens to look into other people’s apartment, when he sees something fishy in the opposite apartment. He is convinced that the neighbor has murdered his wife. Grace Kelly plays his girlfriend who becomes an integral part of solving the mystery.
The film was a huge success when it was released and over the years, it is recognized not just as Hitchcock’s but one of the best films made and is often found in the list of Greatest Films. The screening is an unique opportunity to watch the masters work on the big screen.
Film: A Cold Summer Night (Konkani /Marathi)
Cast: Keatan Jadhav, Vinita Velip, Gauri Kamat, Rajeev Hede
Directed by: Yash Sawant
Duration: 21 mins
Date: 20th September 6.30 pm
It is fair to say that never before has a short film made in Goa won the kind of laurels that A Cold Summer Night has. Directed by the 21 year old Yash Sawant, it premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, had its Asian premiere at the Busan Film Festival and subsequently will travel to festivals at Georgia and UK. Sawant was pursuing Fine Arts till cinema became his calling. A Cold Summer Night is his debut feature and the review of the film at Lucarno says “With an incredible hold on the dramatic side of things, Sawant is sure meant for bigger and better things from here on out”
Set in the by lanes of Mapusa, the story is about a migrant from Maharashtra who is caught with his lover when an accident takes places outside his house. Deftly shot by Sawant who has also written and edited the film deals with multiple issues from morality to the attitude towards migrants.
This film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and the cast and after that, Aki Kaurismaki’s The Match Factory Girl will be screened.
Film: The Match Factory Girl (1990, Finnish with English subtitles)
Directed by: Aki Kaurismaki
Duration: 66 mins
Date: 20th September 7.15 pm
Aki Kaurismaki is hailed as one the great among contemporary film makers and has an unparalleled style of film making. His films are humorous, sardonic, empathetic and characters that are usually hapless occasionally desolate but always utterly convincing.
When he made The Match Factory Girl in 1990, he had already established himself as an auteur. The story is about Iris who leads a rather dull and lonely life and works in a match factory and has no social life to speak of. But that changes when she meets a man at the dance club, they spend the night together but from there on her life is not the same any more. He rejects her and on the account she wants to settle scores with him. The film stars Kati Outinen, who worked in many of Kaurismaki’s film and won special praise for her performance in this film.
Date: 6th September 6.30 p.m, Thursday
Movie: The Train
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Inspired by the book Le front de l’art by Rose Valland, who documented the works of art that had been robbed by the Germans from museums and private art collections during WWII, the film is inspired by true events.
Burt Lancaster plays Paul, a member of the French Resistance who is pitted against German Colonel Franz von Waldheim (Pal Scofield) who is escaping to Germany in a train which is full of precious artifacts and paintings. The precious cargo cannot be damaged and the members have to ensure that the train doesn’t reach Germany setting it up for a great thriller. At one point, they even have to change the signage of stations to fool the enemy.
Jeanne Moreau has a cameo but a rather important one. This American-French-Italian production has some spectacular action and thrills – the train wrecks are real and a French yard was actually bombed with dynamite to achieve a desired effect.
Date: 2nd August 6.30 p.m, Thursday
Movie: Ganashatru (Bengali with English subtitles)
Duration: 1 hr 39 mins
Ganashatru is a 1990 Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray. It is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play An Enemy of the People, and was released under that title in the UK. The cast includes Ray’s favourite actor Soumitra Chatterjee, and veteran actors such as Dhritiman Chatterjee, Shubhendu Chatterjee, Manoj Mitra and Ruma Guhathakurta. Ray adapts the play to an Indian setting: a flourishing township in which a temple attracts devotees as well as tourists. When a health problem is discovered Dr Ashok Gupta, played by Soumitra Chatterjee, finds his popularity flagging. The film was screened out of competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival
Date: 26th July 6.30 p.m, Thursday
Movie: Akaler Shandhaney (1982,Bengali with English subtitles)
Duration: 1 hr 53 mins
Akaler Shandhaney is a film within a film co-written and directed by Mrinal Sen, it swept the National awards that year winning the Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. Besides, it also won the Silver Bear (Special Jury Prize) at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. The story revolves around a film crew that have come to a village to shoot a film on the 1943 Bengal famine. Dhritman Chatterjee plays the director of the film with Smita Patil playing the actress. The interactions and experiences of the villagers and the film crew makes the crux of this extraordinary film by Sen, who was at the peak of his prowess.
Date: 19th July 2018, Thursday
Movie: My Dinner with Andre (1981, English)
Duration: 109 minutes
Synopsis: In this film, two actors, Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn play themselves and share a conversation at a restaurant in New York. That is it, the basic premise of this audacious film is a conversation between the two but what a conversation it turns out to be! Gregory does most of the talking narrating his ideas and experiences and importantly, the conversation flows very naturally without any superficial elements in this cerebral film.
Date: 5th July 2018, Thursday
Movie: Offside (Iranian with English subtitles)
Duration: 1 hr 27 mins
Synopsis: Offside is a 2006 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, about girls who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match but are forbidden by law because of their gender. Female fans are not allowed to enter football stadiums in Iran on the grounds that there will be a high risk of violence or verbal abuse against them. The film was inspired by the director’s daughter, who decided to attend a game anyway. The film was shot in Iran but its screening was banned there.
Date: 28th June 2018, Thursday
Movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Duration: 2 hrs 35 mins.
Synopsis: After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men’s construction of a railway bridge for their captors – while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Date: 21st June 2018, Thursday
Movie: Victoria (2015,German with English subtitles)
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins.
Synopsis: Victoria is a Spanish girl who moved to Berlin three months earlier. She works in a cafe for a meager wage, and does not know anybody in the new city. In addition, she does not speak much German, and her only common language with the people around her is English. Leaving a club at around 4 o’clock in the morning after a night of dancing and drinking, she meets four young men who are denied entry to the club. They are “Sonne” (sun), “Boxer”, “Blinker” (turn signal), and “Fuß” (foot). The men invite her to take a walk through the city and she agrees. After stealing some alcohol from an all night shop, they all get on the roof of an apartment building where they drink and smoke marijuana together, while Boxer reveals that he spent time in jail for hurting someone.
Date: 14th June 2018, Thursday
Movie: A Hard Day’s Night
Duration: 87 mins.
Synopsis: Bound for a London show from Liverpool, The Beatles escape a horde of fans (“A Hard Day’s Night”). Once they are aboard the train and trying to relax, various interruptions test their patience: after a dalliance with a female passenger, Paul’s grandfather is confined to the guard’s van and the four lads join him there to keep him company. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr play a card game, entertaining some schoolgirls before arriving at their desired destination (“I Should Have Known Better”).
Date: 10th May 2018, Saturday
Movie: Still Life
Duration: 1 hr 46 mins.
Synopsis: Still Life is set in Fengjie, a city upstream of the massive Three Gorges Dam. Now marked for flooding, the city undergoes a process of self-deconstruction. Into this dying town comes Han Sanming, a coal-miner from the province of Shanxi who has returned in search of a wife who ran away sixteen years ago. Upon arriving, he asks a local motorcyclist to drive him to his former address on “Granite Street.” The driver takes him to the river bank, revealing that his entire neighborhood has been flooded since the building of the dam. After a failed attempt to obtain his wife’s information from the local municipal office, Han Sanming settles into a local hotel. Sanming’s next stop is a rickety boat owned by his wife’s elder brother. The brother informs Sanming that his wife and daughter (the real reason for his return) work downriver in Yichang but that if he remains in the city, they will eventually return there.
Date-26th April 2018
Cast: Rishikesh Naik, Sudesh Bhise, Barkha Naik, Gauri Kamat, Prashanti Talpankar
Directed by: Miransha Naik
Time: 6.30 PM
Synopsis:This stark story of social injustice revolves around Santosh (Rishiskesh Naik), a teenage boy who lives with his grandmother in a small hut, among migrant workers in a village in Goa. The neighborhood is terrorized by Juze (Sudesh Bhise), the landlord who does as he pleases leaving everyone at his mercy.
Date: 17th August 2017, Thursday
Movie: Riding the Stallion of a Dream (2010).
Duration: 1 hr 44 mins.
Time: 6.30 PM
Synopsis: The story revolves around Irya, a grave digger who believes in Siddhas, liberated souls. According to Irya, if a Siddha appears in his dream, it signifies a death in the village.
Screening Date: 10th August 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: Departures (Japanese with English subs)
Directed by: Yōjirō Takita
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Winner of the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film in 2008 Departures(Okuribito) has won several other awards and critical acclaim. The story is about a cellist who loses his job in Tokyo and returns to his home town where he takes up a unusual profession of preparing for funerals, which is dying Japanese tradition.The film won universal praise with American critic Roger Ebert giving it four out of four stars.
Screening Date: 3rd August 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Considered to be one of the greatest war movies ever made, Full Metal Jacket displays director Stanley Kubrick’s mastery, like many of his other films. Based the novel The Short-Timers, by Gustav Hasford, the story is about a platoon of US marines at a boot camp where Sergeant Hartman (Lee Ermey) job is to train the youngsters in the most harsh conditions. While the first half of the film covers the training, the second is about the war itself. The film also has two extraordinary performances by Matthew Modine and Lee Ermey.
Film: Rififi (French with English subtitles)
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Duration: 1 hr 55 mins
The film won Dassin the Best Director at Cannes in 1955 and Francois Truffaut called it the Best noir film he’d seen.
Screening Date: 20th July 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Another significant film by German master Werner Herzog, Stroszek was made in 1977 following the success of The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974) and Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972). The story revolves around three people – an ex prisoner, an old man and a prostitute who leave Germany and head to Wisconsin for a better life. With an unpredictable plot laced with unique humor, Stroszek shows Herzog’s versatility as a director.
Screening Date: 11th May 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: In The Mood For Love (2000, Chinese with English subtitles)
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Nominated for the Palm d’Or, the film won Tony Leung as the Best Actor at Cannes back in 2000. Critics all around the globe have heaped praise on this Wong Kar Wai film calling it ravishing beyond words. This is a story of two neighbors, a journalist and a secretary who suspect the infidelity of the respective spouses and the story delves on their unique relationship. Stunningly shot by Christopher Doyle with some haunting music, In The Mood For Love has a special place in the annals of cinema.
Screening Date: 4th May 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: Blind Chance (1987, Polish with English subtitles)
Directed by: Krzysztof Kie lowski
Duration: 2 hrs
Even though the film was made it 1981, it saw the light of day only in 1987. The “What if” scenario was explored in Blind Chance directed by the legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kie lowski and the film has gone on the inspire the likes of Run Lola Run, Sliding Doors and several others films. The central character is Witek who runs after a train – there are three different scenarios that are explored in the film, as to what happens if he catches or misses the train.
Screening Date: 27th April 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: Kes (1969, English)
Directed by: Ken Loach
Directed by Ken Loach (whose last film, I, Daniel Blake won the Palm d’Or at Cannes in 2016), Kes is one earlier films with which didn’t get a very wide release but over the years it is considered to be among his best films. Shot on a shoe string budget with non professional actors, the story is about a young boy who has trouble in school and at home. One day he finds a kestrel hawk and trains it. There is a special bonding between him and the hawk about which he even delivers a speech. The film which is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, helped develop Ken Loach a style of narrative which was uncommon for the films of that era.
Screening Date: 20th April 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: Notorious (1946, English)
Cast: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Duration: 1 hr 41 mins
Starring two big stars, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, Notorious is a spy thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Over the years, the film has been recognized as one of the most visually appealing film made by the master film maker, with several remarkable shots. Ingrid Bergman plays an American who is recruited by an agent (Cary Grant) to infiltrate a spy ring led by Sebastian (Claude Rains) who once loved her. A love story with espionage as the backdrop, this engaging film has everything, including Hitchocks trademark MacGuffins.
Screening Date: 13th April 2017, 6.30 p.m.
Film: Sansho The Bailiff (1954, Japanese with English subtitles)
Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
Duration: 2 hrs 3 mins
Regarded as a masterpiece of world cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Sansho The Bailiff remains an evergreen classic. Set in medieval Japan, a district administrator is exiled while his wife and kids are sent to another province. The story revolves around the children who grow in difficult surroundings hoping for a better future. Delving on virtues like kindness and mercy, the film won an award at the Venice Film Festival in 1954. The power of the film is best described by these lines Anthony Lane, the film critic for The New Yorker, “I have seen ‘Sansho’ only once, a decade ago, emerging from the cinema a broken man but calm in my conviction that I had never seen anything better; I have not dared watch it again, reluctant to ruin the spell, but also because the human heart was not designed to weather such an ordeal.”
Opening Film – Masaan (2015, Hindi with English subtitles)
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadda, Shweta Tripathi
Directed by: Neeraj Ghaywan (who will be present for the screening) Duration: 1hr 50mins
Date: 6th April 2017, 6.15 p.m.
The debut film of director Neeraj Ghaywan is the only Indian film to have won two awards at the Cannes Film Festival (the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and a ‘Promising Future’ prize (Prix de l’avenir) for debut film).
Set in the city of Varanasi, the story has two parallel narratives –Devi (Richa Chadda) who is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up with a stigma attached against her and is left to fend for herself. The other story is of Deepak (Vicky Kaushal)who belongs to the low caste Dom community, he lends a hand to his family who work at the creamation ghat, burning funeral pyres. He falls in love with Shaalu (Shweta Tripathi) who comes from an upper caste family. Masaan is about life, love, death, loss and heartbreak making it one of the most appreciated contemporary Indian films.