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Bengali Film Review: Pendulum
7 hours ago
Soukarya Ghoshal’s Bengali film Pendulum- a tale of time, about time travel, released in theatres on March 7
In 1949 Kurt Godel tried to theoretically expand the space-time continuum of Einstein’s Physics by proposing the existence of closed time-like curves allowing for time-travel within a defined universe ‘space’. The theory and the subsequent implications in accepting it were complicated and hence yet to be conclusive. However this concept of traveling in time has been an interesting tenet in much of the fiction and the films of the science-fiction genre.
Needless-to-say, it becomes imperative for any auteur to be masterly clear in her vision of the time dilation in order to reflect that in her art. Cinema being a medium which is supposed to intrigue a wide expanse of the population with varying degrees of intellect, it should be a compulsion for the director to keep the narrative (linear or otherwise) malleable. »
- Amitava Nag
Amar to screen at Tiff Kids Film Festival
9 hours ago
A still from Amar
Amar, a short documentary in English by UK-based director Andrew Hinton will have its Toronto premiere at the 17th edition of the upcoming Tiff Kids International Film Festival, which will take place from 8-17 April.
To be screened under the ‘Slice of Life’ section (recommended for children between ages 11-13), Amar is the story of a fourteen year old Indian boy who is at the top of his class. Someday he’d like to be a professional cricketer, but for now he’s the family’s main breadwinner, working two jobs six-and-a-half days a week on top of attending school in the afternoons. This short observational documentary is a simple journey through Amar’s daily routine.
The film had won the Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award for 2011.
Tiff Kids International Film Festival is one of the premier children’s film festivals in North America. »
10th Iawrt Asian Women’s Film Festival 2014 in Goa
10 hours ago
The Entertainment Society of Goa, in association with the International Centre Goa, is organising the “10th Iawrt Asian Women’s Film Festival 2014” and “2nd Our Lives…To Live Film Festival 2014”.
The Festival will go on for four days with selections from both festivals and engaging discussions. Animation, Community Videos, Documentaries, Experimental Films, Feature Fiction, Music Videos and Short Fiction films selected from 13 countries will be showcased.
13-16 March, 2014.
Free and open to all.
Maquinez Palace, Esg
About the event:
Programme for Day 1
Kinshuk Surjan/ India/ 15 min/ 2012/ fiction
The story is set in the context of the farmers’ suicides. Bittu is a carefree and boisterous 9-year-old who grows anxious as he watches his father break down slowly under the pressure of debt. Bittu tries to protect his father in whatever ways he can.
Lisa Merton, »
Liar’s Dice, Monsoon Shootout to screen at International Film Festival Prague
11 March 2014 3:48 AM, PDT
A Still from Liar’s Dice
The 21st edition of the International Film Festival Prague will screen three Indian films- Monsoon Shootout, Liar’s Dice and Siddharth- in the Asian Panorama section. The festival will be held from March 20-28, 2014 in Prague.
Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout, an existential thriller, has earlier screened at Cannes, Durban, Sydney, Jerusalem and London Indian Film Festival among others. Guru, a rookie cop, has Shiva, a suspected gangster, in his line of fire. Guru has a moment of reckoning. Should he shoot a man whose guilt he is uncertain of? The film presents three scenarios, all departing from the decision that Guru makes.
Geethu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and was also screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014. It is a road movie in which a headstrong woman (Geetanjali Thapa) from »
Screening of Char… the No-Man’s Island at fd Zone
11 March 2014 12:27 AM, PDT
A still from Char…The No Man’s Island
Screening of Documentaries:
Benefits of Bakra Nangal (1955/ 11min)
Char… the No-Man’s Island (Sourav Sarangi, India / Italy, 2012/ 88 mins)
At fd Zone.
Free and open to all.
10th floor, Films Division,
24, Pedder Road,
About the event:
A post screening discussion will be moderated by Pankaj Rishi Kumar.
Benefits of Bakra Nangal
The film deals with the gigantic and famous Bhakra Nangal dam. How an arid sandy waste land in Punjab was transformed into a huge lake with 2 power houses, now irrigating 2.5 million hectares of land is shown in the film.
Char… the No-Man’s Island
Meet Rubel, a fourteen-year-old boy smuggling rice from India to Bangladesh. Everyday he crosses the international border, river Ganga, which eroded his home in mainland India when he was just four. Years later a fragile island called Char has formed within the large river. »
Why Queen disappoints
10 March 2014 11:12 PM, PDT
This article contains spoilers.
Queen’s trailer was the catchiest Bollywood trailer I had seen in a long, long time. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the film. The promise of a fun journey taking off from an innovative premise – a traditional girl who sets off on her honeymoon alone- turned out to be a lot of fun but a disappointing and superficial coming-of-age drama that resorts to Bollywood trappings of women’s liberation.
Ten minutes into the film and a Punjabi wedding song later (they never fail to work!), the film had completely absorbed me. Irrespective of how many times you have seen them on screen, the chaos of a Punjabi wedding and a fun-loving Punjabi family shimmying to an already superhit song manage to charm you no end. Rani (Kangana Ranaut), introduced to us without any frills, talking to herself about things as banal as uploading her »
- Nandita Dutta
Deepak Rauniyar’s Nepali project White Sun selected for L’Atelier, Cannes 2014
10 March 2014 4:43 AM, PDT
New York based Nepali filmmaker Deepak Rauniyar’s second feature project “White Sun” has been selected for L’Atelier of Cannes film festival 2014.
L’Atelier, the co-production workshop held as part of Cinefondation, hand picks projects from all over the world and invites the directors and their producers to meet potential partners during the festival.
Rauniyar’s 2012 project Highway premiered at the Berlinale in Panorama section.
White Sun is a dark comedy about life in a Nepali village in the wake of the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006. Little Pooja lives with her mother Durga and grandfather Chitra in a remote mountain village. She has never met her father, Agni, who joined the Maoist guerrillas and left their village years ago to fight the government. The devastating war is over, and Agni’s rebel Maoist party now heads the government.
The project was a part of Nfdc Film Bazaar, »
Indelible director Pavitra Chalam feted at DocWeek Australia
9 March 2014 11:33 PM, PDT
“Indelible” was the only Indian film at the DocWeek 2014
Bengaluru based documentary filmmaker Pavitra Chalam was awarded with the Asia Pacific New Documentary Award for Outstanding New Talent at the DocWeek Film Festival in Australia.
Chalam’s feature length documentary Indelible was screened at the festival as part of the Asia-Pacific New Documentary Program. It was the only film from India at this year’s festival.
The documentary follows the inspiring stories of seven people in Chennai with Down’s syndrome; among them are an Olympic gold medalist, a Bharata Natyam dancer and a cricket player.
“We hope that this film will help change the way people look at every person living with Down syndrome and give them the opportunity to lead their lives with the dignity and the rights that they deserve,” says Chalam.
DocWeek, Australia’s international documentary event showcases a selection of films from emerging filmmakers from across the Asia Pacific region. »
Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly wins jury prize at Deauville Asian Film Festival
9 March 2014 9:32 PM, PDT
Apart from sharing the jury award with Ugly, Hang Gong-Jo also claimed the critics’ award as well as the audience award at the festival.
Ugly deals with a situation where no one can trust anyone amidst the scenes of brutality and psychological games. Ten year old Kali goes missing from the car she was left in by her father. Her step father is a brutal man heading the Police detection squad. He first suspects the father but then evolve others with a guilty conscience and lies for a cover up.
The film »