(Ministry of Culture, Government of India)
in collaboration with
invites you for the screening of films
All the films will start @ 5 pm. Entry is Free on first come first serve basis. All are invited!. Tea/coffee will be served after the screening.
Chronicling the Modern
“Films are both time capsules, preserving the original period of their release, and a collection of thoughts and ideas that extend from the artists and craftsmen that lived in its time. What is suggested over and over again by the films on this list is that the exploration of memory is, in and of itself, a kind of spiritual quest, a quest for transcendence or truth”.
– Ryan Holt
The modern represent the most haunting and devastating violence ever known in human history. It all started with the conquests of the continents which exterminated the natives and their civilisations followed by slave trade and world wars and holocausts. The changes were so cataclysmic that it was difficult to distinguish truth from fiction. A new medium was needed to record the rupture and the blur – truth and fiction, memory and the loss of it. Thus was born cinema borrowing from all the arts to record the human angst of a given time, to narrate and situate multidimensional human experiences in all its ramification.
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Directed by Akira Kurosawa | Japan | 88 minutes | 1950
There are three sides to every story, the saying goes: yours, mine and the truth. But in Akira Kurosawa’s first international hit, there are at least four sides – that of a bandit, the woman he may have raped, the husband he may have murdered, and a woodcutter who witnessed everything – and all of them have reasons to obscure or lie about what really happened. The conflicting testimonies in Rashômon underscore how subjective and even self-serving memory can be.
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Directed by Ingmar Bergman |Swden|90 minutes| 1957
Wild Strawberries mixes intimate drama with expressionistic dream sequences, a road trip format with a trip down memory lane. As aging Professor Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) travels to be awarded an honor for his life’s work, he is confronted by both travelers and memories of his life. If we must live in the present, our reaction to it takes shape from the memories and dreams we have acquired. Memories can haunt and hurt, but they can also bring fulfillment, hope and peace.
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Directed by Federico Fellini | Italy | 138 minutes | 1963
Federico Fellini’s 1963 masterpiece is a self-referential comedy about a famous Italian film director who — caught up in storms of business, extramarital affairs, and an existential crisis — finds himself incapable of finishing his latest film and remaining faithful to his exasperated wife. These failures cause him angst over past failures (which appear in symbolic dreams and feverish flashbacks) and frustration toward powers that have failed him (the church, the film industry). Your first viewing of 8 1/2 is a singular experience of a man’s haunted memories; but then your second reveals the film to be far more than you remembered, inviting you to future viewings and an ever-changing relationship with its mysteries.
Thursday 26th April 2018
Directed by Wong Kar-wai | Hong Kong | 129 minutes | 2004
Wong Kar-wai’s career is perhaps best understood as an extended study of romance as a form of history, a study that reaches its apex in the immense and enigmatic 2046. Structured as the elliptical recollections of writer Chow Mo-wan (who previously appeared in Wong’s Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love), 2046 chronicles a series of failed romances and missed opportunities. Fact and fiction inform the other, echoing the ways in which the human mind shapes narratives from discrete events.
Friday 27th April 2018
Directed by Abbas Kiarostami | France and Iran | 106 minutes | 2010
Kiarostami’s film about a man and a woman ambling through an Italian village together, deep in conversation about love and art, is impossible to summarize. It is not clear who this man and woman are. We puzzle at suggestions that they may have been married in the past, or perhaps they are now. We struggle with Kiarostami through permutations of intimacy and conflict until we realize that the film is, like any intimate relationship, an act of memory. Every viewing of Certified Copy reveals new textures and new angles in basic questions about how we remember those closest to us. But one always leaves the film with the impression that we are all histories of love.