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Chatkorichya Athwani (A Slice of Memory) Shweta Ghosh

Chatkorichya Athwani
Shweta Ghosh
India. 2014. 47 min

Venue :  Intermediae el Matadero
22 may Friday.  19.00

Bhalchandra (Appa Ajoba) and Kalindi Morje (Kaku Ajji), 90 and 83, are the oldest surviving members of the Morje family that settled in Vengurla in the 19th century. In an attempt to chronicle their lived histories in the Konkan coast, the filmmaker, also their grand niece, stumbles upon an ancestral history of her multicultural self.

Within blurry childhood memories of her maternal family and Vengurla, simmer questions of origin, belonging and home. As she begins to weave Appa’s handwritten account of his early life and times and Ajji’s recollections, she negotiates with her own experience of placelessness, only to find home in the sizzle of fried bangra (mackerel), warmth of triphala spices and luscious, golden Alphonsos.

Shweta Ghosh

Shweta Ghosh is a documentary filmmaker and researcher. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (SMCS, TISS), Mumbai, she has explored her interest in disability, cuisine, travel and music through research and film projects.

Shweta’s debut documentary ‘Accsex’, a film exploring notions of beauty, body, sexuality and disability was awarded Special Mention at the 61st Indian National Film Awards and has won accolades across India and abroad. Shweta has recently premiered her new film ‘A Slice of Memory’ which explores history and culture in the coastal town of Vengurla, Maharashtra, through food memories. Her third feature documentary explores diversity in India through tea drinking cultures and is currently in post-production.

She has two peer-reviewed publications – a paper on food television, gender and cooking in urban, middle class India (Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal) and a paper on the representation of cuisine and culture by food television channels in India (‘SubVersions’ Media and Cultural Studies journal).

APUR PANCHALI

APUR PANCHALI
Kaushik Ganguly
India. 2014. 97 min

Venue :  Centro Cultural Pilar Miró
19 may Tuesday.  19.30

This is a real life story inspired by Subir Banerjee,the little child actor who played the iconic role of Apu in Pather Panchali.

THOSE WHO LEFT US : Hungarian Director MIKLÓS JANCSÓ

FILMS SELECTED :

SZEGÉNYLEGÉNYEK (The Round up)
CSILLAGOSOK, KATONÁK (The red and the white)
CSEND ÉS KIÁLTÁS (Silence and Cry)
FÉNYES SZELEK (The Confrontation)

One of the masters of widescreen composition and elaborately
choreographed long-take sequence shots, Miklos Jancso has been
described as the most important Hungarian director of all time (Mira and A. J. Liehm) and the key Hungarian filmmaker of the sound era (Jonathan Rosenbaum). His fervid, transfixing, highly stylized and intensely formalist films are noted for their balletic, brutal study of repression, rebellion and revolution.

Hungarian film-maker Miklos Jancso, who graduated in law and took courses in art history and ethnography, also served the Second World War and was for a brief period of time, a prisoner of war. After the war, Jancso enrolled in the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. He received his Diploma in Film Directing in 1950. Jancso’s debut feature, The Bells Have Gone to Rome was released after the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising which left hundreds of Hungarians dead or imprisoned and thousands of refugees.

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Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)

FILMS SELECTED for Imagineindia 2019

A Glow Worm in a Jungle (Ramana Dumpala)  India. (FTII)

A Letter to Home (Mukul Haloi)  India. (FTII)

Palaayan (Madahav Chandra Sai)  India. (FTII)

Ghayta (Pratik Girish Bhoyar)  India. (FTII)

 

FILMS SELECTED for Imagineindia 2018

Moonga (Nilesh Kumar)  India

 

FILMS  SELECTED for Imagineindia 2017

EKAB  (Himanshu Prajapati)  11 min. India  (FTII)

Bhairav, according to Hindu mythology, is the supreme ruler of time. The film takes place in a narrow lane in a North Indian small town.Three young men are engaged in a virtual game of poker on their cellphones. Meanwhile, at around midnight, a young couple is returning home from the call centre they work at. Barriers between the real world and the virtual world collapse.

Dead end  (Rakesh Kumar)  15 min. India  (FTII)

Gaurav and Atul are two school friends celebrating the end of their exam. A detour to a brothel and a chance encounter with a cop brings out the worst in them.

Andhere Mein  (Vijaya Singh)  15 min. India  (FTII)

The short fim Andhere Mein is an adaptation of a story by the same name by the wellknown Hindi writer, Nirmal Verma. The story revolves around four characters, a young boy , his parents and a family friend. The child now grown up into a youngman recollects the events leading to a violent altercation between his parents during a particular summer break in the town of Amravati. The film tries to create the universe of a child as he tries to understand the tension between his parents involving the family friend.

A Hairy Tale  (Shivangi Mittal)  5 min. India  (FTII)

A fun adventure of a young girl having her first hair cut in an all men’s salon.

Afternoon Clouds Sound  (Payal Kapadia)  13 min. India  (FTII)

Kaki is a 60 year old widow who lives with her Nepali maid Malti. The film takes place on one afternoon in their house where a flower blossoms in the balcony. Malti meets a boy from her hometown unexpectedly. In the meanwhile, men in the passage spray mosquito repellant smoke that gives Kaki bad dreams

Abhisarika  (Sonam Singh)  15 min. India  (FTII)

Abhisarika a 16-17th century Indian literature phenomenon which has been painted in a series of Ragamala Paintings has been interpreted and subverted in contemporary times. Sarika is a lover of music, nature and she is mostly longing to get loved and feel the physical presence of her husband around her. One night she get decisive about seeking pleasures in the longing of her husband. The film explores how even the natural element conspires against this desire of a married woman to prevent her from breaking these social codes of morality. Will Sarika attains the solace by doing so??

BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT THE FILM AND TELEVISION INSTITUTE OF INDIA (FTII)

Established as ‘Film Institute of India’ in 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises at Pune, FTII boasts of a rich legacy in quality Indian cinema. The Prabhat Studios were declared heritage sites by the Pune Municipal Corporation and are used by the students to this day. The Institute was renamed ‘The Film and Television Institute of India’ in 1971. The Television Wing, earlier located at the Mandi House, New Delhi was shifted to Pune in the early seventies, bringing together the training in film and television under a common roof. At its inception in 1974, the Television wing was concerned with the provision of in-service training to personnel from Doordarshan. This Wing has in recent years launched a one-year course in Television.

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Anubrata Bhalo Achho? A tightly handed film of Partha Sen

Anubrata Bhalo Achho? / Are you ok Anubrata?
India. 2014. 103 min. Drama.
Director :   PARTHA SEN
Cast : Ritwik Chakraborty, Swastika Mukherjee, Debleena Dutta

Venue :  Centro Cultural Pilar Miró
21 may Thursday.  19.30

The film mainly delves into the daily routine of the protagonist, Anubrato- a man who has to go through the gradual process of his wife, Neeta’s suffering from cancer.
‘Anubrato- Bhalo Aacho?’ speaks of a solitary world that  Anubrato is surrounded by. His fight for his wife’s survival  brings him closer to the day to day struggle of life and death.

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Csend és kiáltás (Silence and Cry)

Silence and Cry/Csend és kiáltás
Hungary. 73 min. 1968. Drama.
Director:   MIKLÓS  JANCSÓ
Cast:  Mari Töröcsik, József Madaras, Zoltán Latinovits.

Venue :  Spanish Film Institute
28 may Thursday.  20.00

Silence and Cry is set after the fall of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919. A young Red soldier, fleeing the anti-Communist manhunt, takes refuge at the isolated farm of a peasant family. His reluctant hosts are already under police scrutiny for being political suspects.
The local White commander is aware of the soldier’s presence but, for personal reasons, keeps it a secret. The soldier discovers that the farmer is being poisoned, slowly, by his wife and her sister. As a personal war is waging within his own consciousness over morality and self-preservation, Istvan must decide whether to remain silent about the women’s devious secret and preserve his own life, or to report their heinous crime to the Royal Gendarme, which would also mean certain death for him.

Fényes Szelek (The confrontation)

Fényes Szelek
Hungary. 80 min. 1969. History.
Director:  MIKLÓS  JANCSÓ
Cast: Andrea Drahota, Kati Kovács, Lajos Balázsovits.

Venue :  Spanish Film Institute
29 may Friday.  21.40

This is Jancso’s first film in colour—muted, dusky colour punctuated by the vivid red of a boy’s shirt and of a streaming banner, with its suggestion of Hungarian bloodshed. It tells the story of protest and rebellion in 1947 Hungary where the Communist Party had taken power.

Szegénylegények (The round up)

Szegénylegények (The round up)
Hungary. 1966. 90 min. Drama.
Director :    MIKLÓS JANCSÓ
Cast : János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár.

Venue :  Spanish Film Institute
23 may Saturday.  19.30

In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established, but partisans carry on with violent actions. In order to root out the guerilla, the army rounds up suspects and jails them in an isolated fort. The authorities do not have the identity of the guerilla leaders, who are supposed to be present among the prisoners. However, they know enough about some of the suspects to apply perfidious forms of coercion effectively.