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Usurp in collaboration with Day For Night presented a short season of contemporary art-house & new wave films from India to mark 70 years of independence/partition.
Court (Chaitanya Tamhane), Miss Lovely (Ashim Ahluwalia) , I Am Kalam (Nila Madhab Panda) , Dreaming Lhasa (Tenzing Sonam/Ritu Sarin), Elippathayam / Rat Trap (Adoor Gopalakrishnan), The Violin Player (Bauddhayan Mukerji), Jang Aur Aman / War And Peace (Anand Patwardan).
Fri 17 Nov 7:30pm
Court (Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014) 116 minutes
Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals and India’s entry to the Oscars. “A masterpiece: one of the best films of the year.” Indiewire Trailer & info here
Sat 18 Nov 7:30pm
Miss Lovely (Ashim Ahluwalia, 2012) 110 minutes
Deliriously unconventional – a film that plunges you into the depths of the world of alcoholic divas, sleazy loan sharks and glamour-seeking gangsters, “Something new in Indian film making, neither Bollywood nor traditional art cinema, the pic provides a unique, immersive experience…” Variety. Trailer & info here
Sun 19 Nov 2:30pm
I Am Kalam (Nila Madhab Panda, 2011) 87 minutes
Chotu, a child labourer who works in a roadside dhaba nurtures a million dreams. A chance encounter with a former President of India, as he delivers a speech on TV, inspires him to fulfil his dreams. He renames himself Kalam and finds a priceless friend in young Rannvijay. Trailer & info here
Sun 19 Nov 7:30pm
Dreaming Lhasa (Tenzing Sonam/Ritu Sarin, 2005) 90 minutes
Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama’s exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. The film takes them through the world of the exile Tibetan community in India and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Trailer & info here
Fri 24 Nov 7:30pm
Elippathayam / Rat Trap (Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 1981) 121 minutes
Unni, the last male-heir of a feudal and decaying joint family. His inability to accept the socio-economic changes of a new society result in his gradual withdrawal into a metaphorical rat-trap sprung from his own isolation and paranoia. More info here
Sat 25 Nov 7:30pm
The Violin Player (Bauddhayan Mukherji, 2016) 72 minutes
A poignant, humorous modern fairy tale about the life changing power of art and music. Nominated for best film, screenplay and best actor at the Raindance Festival. Trailer & info here
Sun 26 Nov 7:30pm
Jang Aur Aman / War And Peace (Anand Patwardan, 2002) 135 minutes
In this award winning documentary Director Anand Patwardhan examines how the decades-long conflict between India and Pakistan propels both countries to pursue nuclear weapons. Citizens, politicians and protestors from both countries offer their opinions and reflections. Trailer & info here