IMAGINEINDIA in collaboration with Casa Asia presents a number of 11 films, seven of which come from India, one from Sri Lanka, one from Pakistan and two from Nepal.
This festival is integrated almost in its totality by productions that have participated in big festivals like Busan , Berlin or Cannes, although not form part of what currently is considered commercial circuit, since most are movies more parallel cinema, with a solid narrative structure. This program is part of the programming of Imagineindia 2017 that has been selected by Qazi Abdur Rahim, nominated to the Goya (Spanish film awards) on two occasions and director of the ImagineIndia International Film Festival, that in 2017 will held its 16th Edition in Madrid. With films from 2014 to 2016, these films are characterized by raising topics that, despite coming from cultures very different between itself, are very present in their present societies. About problems around the identity of gender, family relations and socio-political conflicts or contrasts between the religion and the mundane life.
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Saturday, 17 Dec 2016 19.00h
TAANDRO, Dir. Samten Bhutia | Nepal | 2015 | 112’
A member of ultra-leftist underground group is forced to hide in a village after being seriously injured in the ambush by the government forces. With life hanging by a thread and the villagers blaming him for the death of one of their own, he is left alone to deal with disturbing thoughts and visions.
Saturday, 7 Jan 2017 19.00h
SANSARE DADAYAKKARA, Dir. Prasanna Jayakody | Sri Lanka | 2015 |75’
Leopard Do Not Bite (Sinhalese: Dadayakkaraya) is a Sri Lankan drama directed by Prasanna Jayakody, starring Sanjeewa Upendra, Hemasiri Liyanage, and Christina Britto. It depicts a conflict between a monk and a hunter, giving a ground to a philosophical exploration of death’s place in life. The story was inspired by Simon Navagattegama’s novel Dadayakkaraya’s story. It was screened at 20th Busan International Film Festival 2015.
Dadayakkaraya depicts a clash between a philosophy of the one who lives in a jungle and hunts wild animals as fodder for the people and that of the one who lives in a temple and hunts people as fodder for a religion.
Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 19.00h
MOH MAYA MONEY, Dir. Munish Bhardwaj | India | 2016 | 108’
A young real-estate broker tries to pull off a huge scam, which goes horribly wrong. To fix everything he involves his begrudging wife leading to an end neither could imagine.
Saturday, 21 Jan 2017 19.00h
GUDH, Dir. Saurav Rai | India | 2016 | 27’
Gudh reminisces those childhood memories, which perhaps everyone went through in life. Those obscure moments etched into our memories, which we find hard to correlate as grown-ups. It’s about Ajay, his childhood, his love for his mother, his village, its ongoing revolution and the changes it brings forth.
I AM BONNIE, Dirs. Farha Khatun, Satrupa Santra, Sourabh Kanti Dutta | India | 2014 | 45’
Bonnie(33) is again on the run. He has been on the run from his family and sports fraternity since failing ‘sex test’ before the Bangkok Asian Games, 1998. A born hermaphrodite, raised by poor, illiterate and confused parents as a girl named ‘Bandana’, s/he became one of the finest strikers of Indian Woman’s football team in her/his short career. A Sex Reassignment surgery later transformed her/him to a man but left him without home or career. He left home, took up idol-making for a living.He met Swati(24) then, married soon and moved once again fearing social backlash. His fight to establish his identity, struggle for existence met by a sarcastic society yet to learn to take ‘other genders’ seriously.
Saturday, 28 Jan 2017 19.00h
HOTEL SALVATION, Dir. Shubhanshish Bhutiani | India | 2016 | 102’
Faced with his father’s untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.
Saturday, 4 Feb 2017 19.00h
REVELATIONS, Dir. Vijay Jayapal | India | 2016 | 118’
A young Tamil woman, grappling with unknown tensions in her four year long marriage, develops a complex relationship with her new neighbor, a middle-aged man, who has a mysterious past of his own. This relationship soon begins to unravel many secrets, which change their lives forever. Set in the fascinating city of Kolkata, the film tries to explore themes such as guilt, redemption and female sexuality in the context of an Indian marriage.
Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 19.00h
LYARI NOTES, Dir. Maheen Zia , Miriam Chandy Menacherry | Pakistán | 2016 | 80’
Lyari Notes is a 2016 documentary that was directed by Maheen Zia and Miriam Chandy Menacherry. The film premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and follows a young girl and her friends as they use music as a form of escape and expression.
The film follows four young girls that routinely travel from Lyari to a musical school in another area. The travel is long and dangerous, plus the girls’ families are not always supportive of their desire to learn music as they feel that it violates Islamic law. Lyari Notes follows the girls over a three-year period.
Saturday, 18 Feb 2017 19.00h
THE LAST SMILE, Dir. Shankey Srinivasan | India | 2016 | 87’
Inspired by true events, this film chronicles the struggles of an Indian-American immigrant in the San Francisco bay area, who must overcome his grief, and with the help of a private detective, fight against a multi-billion dollar diet supplement company that is responsible for the untimely death of his adult son.
Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 19.00h
FIG FRUIT AND THE WASPS, Dir. M. S. Prakash Babu | India | 2014 | 90’
Gouri, a documentary filmmaker takes a journey along with her friend. She is trying to collect material for her documentary project on instrumental music. They go to a village with the help of a schoolteacher. They travel to meet an instrumental musician, who has gone some place elsewhere to give a performance. Both are forced to stay in the village till the musician returns. Film tries to capture the human attitude when they are placed in a condition/situation/environment which is familiar and at the same time unfamiliar. As the seemingly simple yet complex situations develop, how these characters fits in to a landscape and climate as much mental as physical. Some time “vision” isn’t what is visible, sound isn’t exactly what is heard.
Saturday, 4 March 2017 19.00h
KALO POTHI, Dir. Min Bahadur Bham | Nepal | 2015 | 90’
We are in the year 2001, a temporary ceasefire brings a much-needed break to a small war-torn village in Northern Nepal, bringing much joy among the residents. Prakash and Kiran, two young close friends, are also starting to feel the change in the air. Though they are divided by caste and social creed, they remain inseparable, and start raising a hen given to Prakash by his sister, with hopes to save money by selling her eggs. However, the hen goes missing. To find it, they embark on a journey, innocently unaware of the tyranny brought by the fragile ceasefire.