Date: Tue, 2011/08/16 – 6:00pm
All screenings begin @ 6.00 pm in the auditorium – Alliance Française de Bangalore
Tuesday 16 August
A VERY VERY SILENT FILM, 5’, 2001 by Manish Jha
Synopsis: An exploration of the social ills that affect women in poverty: another woman dies again on the streets after living a life of mental and physical abuse.
Recognition at Cannes: The film was awarded the Prix du jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2002 for best short film
UDAAN (Flight) 138’, 2010, Hindi by Vikramaditya Motwane
Synopsis: After being abandoned for 8 years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half-brother he didn’t even know existed. Forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he tries to forge his own life and pursue his dream of being a writer. Wonderful performances.
Recognition at Cannes: The film was in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first Indian feature film to be part of the Cannes’ Official Selection in seven years
Wednesday 17 August
CHINESE WHISPERS, 28’, 2006 by Raka Datta
Synopsis: A man and a woman meet only as strangers in an urban space, and remain so till the end, but grow increasingly alienated from their surroundings. They share the same space–the city–but they have their own problems to deal with.
Recognition at Cannes: This film was screened at the Cannes Film festival as part of theCinéfondation section in 2006.
DOSAR (The Companion), 120’, 2006, Bengali by Rituparno Ghosh
Synopsis: The story revolves around the couple Kaushik and Kaberi, who were very happy until a car accident kills Mita, Kaushik’s mistress, and leaves Kaushik injured and grieving, and Kaberi shattered at the revelation of infidelity.
Thursday 18 August
PRINTED RAINBOW, 15’, 2006
By Gitanjali Rao
Synopsis: A big city. A tiny apartment. There, in solitude, lives an old woman and her cat, stuck in their daily chores against the hiss of the city. The windows look out into more windows with more desolate lives. The old woman, however, has a secret window: her precious collection of match boxes. Their printed labels open into myriad exotic worlds.
Recognition at Cannes: This film was screened in the Cannes International Critics’ Week in 2006 and won three awards—Kodak Discovery Award, Young Critics’ Award and Rail d’Or– for the Best Short Film.
KHOJ, 26’, 2002 by Tridib Poddar
Synopsis: This Bengali film is about a man in search of his friend, missing for a decade. The film captures the despair and pain of the pursuit and juxtaposes it all with hope.
Recognition at Cannes: This film was selected for the Cinéfondation section (for film school entries) of the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.
MARANA SIMHASANAM (Throne of Death), 57’, 1999, Malyalam
By Murali Nair
Synopsis: Though Krishnan toils all day planting rice, he struggles to feed his family. One day, he is made a scapegoat when caught stealing coconuts from his landlord: he is framed for a number of unsolved murders and sentenced to death. With the import of America’s latest high-tech instrument of death: the “electric chair”, guilt and innocence fall by the wayside as everyone, including Krishnan, is awestruck by this gleaming new technology. A dark, political satire.
Recognition at Cannes: Murali Nair has a long and distinguished connection with the Cannes Film Festival. Marana Simhasanam was in Cannes’ Official Selection in 1999.
Friday 19 August
TETRIS, 30’, 2006 by Anirban Datta
Synopsis: A film writer, cameraman, production manager and actress set off on a car trip driving through the ‘story’–but the director chooses to stay behind. He believes it’s a story the road will write. All he needs is the writer to refine the route map…pen and petrol. The crew soon falls apart one by one, but the trip continues till they meet a dead end. But the story has to return…
Recognition at Cannes: This short film competed in the Cannes Film Festival 2006 as part ofCinéfondation section.
SALAAM BOMBAY! 110’, 1988, Hindi by Mira Nair
Synopsis: After coming to Bombay to earn the Rs 500 needed by his mother to pay a debt, a 10-year-old country lad struggles to keep from being swallowed up in the sordid slums of the overcrowded city. Chronicling the day-to-day life of children living on the streets of Mumbai, this movie affirms the human dignity of India’s poor and homeless. There are several restrained scenes in a brothel, a few drug transactions and some violence, including a knifing. Powerful and unforgettable.
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