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Mumbai Film Festival Day 2: Delhi engages, Deool disappoints

14 October 2011 8:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Day 2 at the Mumbai Film Festival looked like it was going to be an exciting fare with a bouquet of much awaited films like Pablo Giorgelli’s Las Acacias, Eva Lonesco’s My Little Princess, Bela Tarr’s last film The Turin Horse and Umesh Kulkarni’s next after Vihir, Deool. But the excitement waned off pretty early in the day. First few shows of the day including The Turin Horse turned disastrous due to glitches. However, the day was not a complete disappointment. Read on…

Still from Printed Rainbow

Gitanjali Rao’s Printed Rainbow

Celebration of 50 years of Cannes Critics Week at the Mumbai Film Festival commenced with the screening of Gitanjali Rao’s Printed Rainbow. The 15-minute animation film was presented at the Cannes Critics Week in 2006. It is the story of an old woman who lives with her cat in an apartment and is stuck up in the banalities of everyday life. »

- Nandita Dutta

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Mff 2011, Day 2: How I did not see my first Bela Tarr film

14 October 2011 1:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

First day, first show. Without a festival booklet in hand and no time beforehand to google, I was staring at five movie titles with no clue about what to start off with. Settled for the French film The Minister by Pierre Scholler. A film about a French transport minister, his tribulations, his dilemmas and even his fantasies. Ok stuff.

Up next was The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr. A dude walking in who could not find seats speculated – “It’s a Bela Tarr film. People will be walking out in half an hour and then there will be seats for the taking”. Prophetic words indeed. The multiplex screen could not accommodate the subtitles and so the projectionist began to toggle with the aspect ratio. The film hardly had any dialogues and only comprised of long B & W takes about an old cripple, his daughter and their horse going through daily chores. »

- Devang Ghia

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