Film Festivals

Akira Kurosawa Retrospective Film Festival
Entry free
Date Time Venue Film Duration
3rd Oct (Saturday) 3 pm Siri Fort 3 Rashomon 1 hr 28 mins
3rd Oct (Saturday) 5 pm Siri Fort 3 High and Low 2 hr 22 mins
3rd Oct (Saturday) 7.30 pm Siri Fort 3 Doomed 2 hr 23 mins
4th Oct (Sunday) 12 noon Siri Fort 3 Sanjuro 1 hr 36 mins
4th Oct (Sunday) 3 pm Siri Fort 3 Red Beard 3 hrs 5 mins
Bimal Roy Centenary Film Festival
Entry free
Date Time Venue Film Duration
10th Oct (Saturday) 11 am Siri Fort 2 Bandini (opening film) 2 hr 37 mins
11th Oct (Sunday) 11 am Siri Fort 2 Parakh 2 hr 30 mins
12th Oct (Monday) 7 pm Siri Fort 2 Sujata 2 hr 41 mins
13th Oct (Tuesday) 7 pm Siri Fort 2 Do Bigha Zameen 2 hr 22 mins
14th Oct (Wednesday) 7 pm Siri Fort 2 Madhumati 2 hrs 30 mins
Children Film Festival on Walt Disney
Entry free
Date Time Venue Film Duration
12th Oct (Mon) 9 am Siri Fort 2 Finding Nemo 1 hr 40 min
12th Oct 11.30 am Siri Fort 2 Enchanted 1 hr 47 min
13th Oct (Tues) 9 am Siri Fort 2 Pirates 1 2 hr 23 min
13th Oct 11.30 am Siri Fort 2 Pirates 2 2 hr 31 min
14th Oct (Wed) 9 am Siri Fort 2 Pirates 3 2 hr 49 min
14th Oct 11.30 am Siri Fort 2 Cars 1 hr 57 min
Canadian Film Festival
Date Time Venue Film Duration
10th Oct (Saturday) 6.45 PM Siri Fort 2 Men with Brooms (opening) 1hr 43 mins
11th Oct (Sunday) 6 pm Siri Fort 2 One Week 1 hr 34 mins
12th Oct (Monday) 9 am Siri Fort 3 Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine 85 mins
12th Oct (Monday) 11.30 am Siri Fort 3 Too Colourful for the League 52 mins
12th Oct (Monday) 12.30 pm Siri Fort 3 Hardwood 29 mins
12 Oct (Monday) 2 pm Siri Fort 3 Waterwalker 86 mins
12 Oct (Monday) 7 p.m. Siri Fort 3 Le Grande Seduction (Eng. Title: Seducing Dr Lewis) 1hr 48 mins

Segment: FILM FESTIVALS – Children Film Festival by Walt Disney
Dates: 12-14th October
Venue: Siri Fort II
Time and date of the Inaugural film:Siri 12th October 9 a.m.
Opening Film: Finding Nemo
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Finding Nemo
Director: Andrew Stanton
Duration: 1 hr 40 min

A clown fish named Marlin living in the Great Barrier Reef loses his son, Nemo, after he ventures into the open sea, despite his father’s constant warnings about many of the ocean’s dangers. Nemo is abducted by a boat and netted up and sent to a dentist’s office in Sydney. So, while Marlin ventures off to try to retrieve Nemo, Marlin meets a fish named Dory, a blue tang suffering from short-term memory loss. The companions travel a great distance, encountering various dangerous sea creatures such as sharks, anglerfish and jellyfish, in order to rescue Nemo from the dentist’s office, which is situated by Sydney Harbor. While the two are doing this, Nemo and the other sea animals in the dentist’s fish tank plot a way to return to Sydney Harbor to live their lives free again.

Enchanted:
Director: Kevin Lima
Duration: 1 hr 47 min

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Pirates of the Caribbean-The Curse of the Black Pearl
Director: Gore Verbinski
Duration: 2 hrs 23 min

Pirates of the Caribbean is a sweeping action-adventure story set in an era when villainous pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas. This roller coaster tale teams a young man, Will Turner, with an unlikely ally in rogue pirate Jack Sparrow. Together, they must battle a band of the world’s most treacherous pirates, led by the cursed Captain Barbossa, in order to save Elizabeth, the love of Will’s life, as well as recover the lost treasure that Jack seeks.

Pirates of the Caribbean-The Dead Man’s Chest
Director: Gore Verbinski
Duration: 2 hr 31 min

Once again thrown into the world of the supernatural, Captain Jack Sparrow finds out that he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation and servitude in the afterlife. And as if this weren’t enough, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann are arrested and sentenced to death unless Will can get Lord Beckett Jack’s compass, who are forced to join Jack on yet another misadventure.

Pirates of the Caribbean-At World’s End
Director: Gore Verbinski
Duration: 2 hr 49 min

Elizabeth, Will and the crew of the Pearl sail off the edge of the map (literally) with the help of mysterious Tia Dalma and the late Captain Barbossa who has been raised by the dead to save Captain Jack Sparrow . He has been condemned to the terrible fate of remaining in the void of Davey Jones’ locker for eternity. But rescuing Jack isn’t the real meat of this movie – Lord Cutler Beckett has control of the heart of Davey Jones, and with that he controls the sea. The nine pirate lords of the world must unite for a final stand against Beckett, Jones and the East India Trade company

Cars
Director: John Lasseter

Duration: 1 hr 57 min
Year: 2006

Lightning McQueen is a young, hotshot rookie race car in the last race of the season. At the end of the race, he finds out he is tied with Chick Hicks and The King. On the way to the tie-breaker race in Los Angeles, California, some hot punk cars get him lost in a little town called Radiator Springs on the old Route 66 road, which has been long forgotten many years ago. Scared to death, he tears up the town’s main road and is sentenced to community service by Doc Hudson. During this time, he meets a funny, but lovable tow truck named Mater and a beautiful Porsche Carrera named Sally. He also meets some other cars, whom which he finds to be quite odd. All he wants to do is get out of this town and back into the big city, but as the week until the race goes on, the town folk help him discover that life isn’t just about trophies, fame, and sponsorships and McQueen learns about family and friendship.

 

 

Segment: FILM FESTIVALS – Canadian Sports Film Festival

Dates: 10-12th October

Venue: Siri Fort II & III

Time and date of the Inaugural film: 10th October 6.45 p.m.

Opening Film: Men with Brooms

Synopsis of the Canadian films

Feature Films

 

Men with Brooms

Duration: 1 hr 43 min

Paul Gross stars as the leader of a recently reunited curling team from a small Canadian town. This offbeat comedy follows the team as they work through their respective life issues and struggle to win the championship for the sake of their late coach. Written by Alea Intrica and directed by Paul Gross.

 

One Week

Duration: 1 hr 34 min

When a young man is confronted with his mortality, he takes a cross-country road trip on a vintage motorcycle. One Week tells the story of Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson), in his mid-twenties, who flees from the confines of his life – an impending marriage, a job he’s not entirely happy with and a recent diagnosis – in order to attempt to live more fully. What starts off as an ill-defined venture soon morphs into a quest for the West Coast.

La Grande Seduction (Eng title: Seducing Dr Lewis)
Duration: 1 hr and 49 mins

In the little harbour village of Sainte-Marie-La-Maudeme, the vanishing fish stocks have plummeted a once thriving community into decline, forcing the fishermen to rely on government welfare. When a small company considers buiding a factory on the island, the inhabitants see an opportunity for the village to be restored to greatness. But the factory cannot be built without a resident doctor. Seeking to attract the young Dr. Lewis, Germain spearheads the transformation of the village. It’s the beginning of the seduction. While sometimes ruthless and often clumsy, even the most disillusioned villagers rally to the cause. Together and with great dedication they try to convince the doctor that Sainte-Marie-La-Maudeme is the ideal place to be.

Documentaries

 

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Duration: 85 min

 

Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM’s computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match and the events surrounding it from Kasparov’s perspective. It delves into the psychological aspects of the game, paranoia surrounding it and suspicions that have arisen around IBM’s true tactics. It consists of interviews with Kasparov, his manager, chess experts, and members of the IBM Deep Blue team, as well as original footage of the match itself.

 

Hardwood

Duration: 29 min

 

Hardwood is a personal journey by director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrottter Mel Davis, who explores how his father’s decisions affected his life and those of his extended family. Elegantly structured into three chapters entitled “love,” “recollection” and “redemption,” Davis uses personal interviews, archival footage and home movies to delve into his father’s past in the hope of finding a new direction for his own. At its core, Hardwood is about the power of redemption and the healing of the bonds between fathers and sons.

 

Waterwalker

Duration: 86 min

 

Canoeist and painter Bill Mason explores the Canadian wilderness to the north of Lake Superior. The filmmaker and artist begins on Lake Superior, then explores winding and sometimes tortuous river waters to the meadowlands of the river’s source.

 

When Hockey Came to Belfast

Duration: 50 min

 

When Hockey Came to Belfast is the striking story of how Canadian ice hockey is transcending religious lines. Bringing Northern Irish youth together in a shared love of the game, the rink gives boys and girls a haven from the turf warfare that pervades their lives.

 

Too Colourful for the League

Duration: 52 min

 

Too Colourful for the League is a (made-for-TV) documentary examining the struggle of blacks in hockey from the 30’s to the present day and the campaign to have Herb Carnegie elected into the Hall of Fame. Carnegie was a black superstar in the 40’s and 50’s who never played in the NHL because of the league’s unacknowledged color bar.

 


Akira Kurosawa’s movies

 

Red Beard:
1965

Language : Japanese

Cast:

This Akira Kurosawa film tells the tale of young Dr. Yasumoto, a recent medical graduate assigned to a rural clinic for his post-graduate medical training. Yasumoto is condescending and arrogant–he is livid that he, who aspires to join the team of physicians caring for the Japanese Shogunate, should have to train in Dr. Niide’s spartan clinic serving the impoverished local population. He finds Dr. Niide, known as ‘Red Beard’, a demanding taskmaster with a brusque manner and intense devotion to his patients. Niide requires nothing less than a monastic lifestyle of his interns. However, gradually Yasumoto is changed by his exposure to Red Beard. He learns the true meaning of being a doctor, seeing patients as real people who are suffering and as individuals whose lives he can improve and heal with his care.

 

Ikiru

English title: Doomed

1952

Language: Japanese
Cast:

Kanji Watanabe is a longtime bureaucrat in a city office who, along with the rest of the office, spends his entire working life doing nothing. He learns he is dying of cancer and wants to find some meaning in his life. He finds himself unable to talk with his family, and spends a night on the town with a novelist, but that leaves him unfulfilled. He next spends time with a young woman from his office, but finally decides he can make a difference through his job… After Watanabe’s death, co-workers at his funeral discuss his behavior over the last several months and debate why he suddenly became assertive in his job to promote a city park, and resolve to be more like Watanabe

 

Rashomon

1950

Language:

Cast:

In 12th century Japan, a samurai and his wife are attacked by the notorious bandit Tajomaru, and the samurai ends up dead. Tajomaru is captured shortly afterward and is put on trial, but his story and the wife’s are so completely different that a psychic is brought in to allow the murdered man to give his own testimony. He tells yet another completely different story. Finally, a woodcutter who found the body reveals that he saw the whole thing, and his version is again completely different from the others.

 

Tengoku to Jigoku (High and Low) (1963)

An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly save a child’s life. His resolution of that dilemma — the certain loss of the company vs. the probable loss of the child — makes for one distinct drama, and an ensuing elaborate police procedure makes for a second.

 

 

Sanjuro (1962)

In Japan circa Eighteenth Century, nine young men decide to present an accusation of corruption in their clan to the local superintendent. However, the group is betrayed, but the ronin Sanjûrô Tsubaki (Toshirô Mifune) saves them from the superintendent’s men. The uncle of the leader of the rebel clansmen, the Chamberlain Mutsuta (Yûnosuke Itô), is kidnapped, and his wife and daughter are detained and made prisoner of the superintendent, and he tries to force Mutsuta to write a fake confession letter declaring being corrupt. Sanjûrô helps the group to rescue the Chamberlain and his family.

 

 

Bimal Roy Centenary Film Festival

Synopsis of films

Bandini

Year: 1963

Language: Hindi | Black & White

Cast: Nutan, Dharmendra, Ashok Kumar

Set in the women’s ward of a gloomy prison, the film reveals the tragic circumstances that forced Kalyani to commit a heinous crime for which she is serving a prison sentence. The young prison doctor, a man with progressive views, would like to marry her but Kalyani cannot make her decision. She cares for the freedom fighter who had made a deep impression on her youthful, romantic mind. He promised to marry her and then disappeared until their fateful meeting in a public hospital where she discovers him by accident as a married man. Kalyani’s moral dilemma and her struggle for social legitimacy make a poignant tale of profound significance in a culture where gender justice remains a distant dream.

 

Do Bigha Zameen

1953

Language: Hindi | Black & White | 142 mins

Cast: Balraj Sahni, Nirupa Roy

Sambhu Mahato, like thousands from the Indian rural society, is a poor peasant. For generations, like others, he has tilled the soil. After years of drought, the peasants celebrate the monsoon. Sambhu’s joy is short-lived. The powerful village zamindar, waiting to grab his land, puts up a fabricated case in the moffussil court. This ancestral land is their only source of livelihood. Sambhu is ordered to settle his earlier loans from the zamindar in just three months. Failure to do this will cost him the land. The zamindar’s unreasonable demand only strengthens Sambhu’s determination to save the land. He heads for Calcutta where thousands migrate to earn. The great city overwhelms them. One misfortune follows another. Sambhu lives in a basti with poor migrants. An old rickshaw-puller takes him under his wings and teaches him important lessons to pull the vehicle. Son, Kanhaiya, contributes from his earnings as a shoe shine boy. Sambhu’s wife, Parvati, works as construction labour. With all this help, Sambhu is confident of victory but a serious accident dries up his hard earned funds. In another accident Kanhaiya looses his shoe shine box. They grow desperate as time draws near to pay the zamindar’s loan. After days of illness, when Sambhu resumes work, he is stunned to find the unconscious body of his wife, Parvati – knocked down by a speeding car. Kanhaiya tries his hand at pickpocket and the poor landless peasant’s family reunites once again in the vast metropolis only to realize that their beloved land has gone forever.

Madhumati

1958

Language: Hindi | Black & White

Cast: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Pran, Johny Walker

Landslide forces Devendra (Dilip Kumar) and his doctor friend to take refuge in an abandoned country mansion. In that unlit mysterious place Devendra recalls his previous life and experiences in the same hill station. He remembers how he had fallen in love with the beauty of the hills and with lovely Madhumati, the daughter of a tribal chieftain. Ugranarayan, the dissolute owner of the timber estate where Anand (or Devendra) had worked as the manager abducts Madhumati. The incident drove her to commit suicide. Inconsolable, Anand too commits suicide. As the flashback comes to an end, Devendra’s chauffeur brings news that the road is clear but the train his wife was traveling in had met with an accident. Devendra rushes to the station. His wife, Radha, who resembles his lost love, Madhumati, is unharmed and safe with their child.

 

Sujata

1959

Language: Hindi | Black & White

Cast: Sunil Dutt, Nutan, Shashikala, Lalita Pawar

Sujata, a little infant, is discovered after the outbreak of an epidemic in a Harijan colony. She is adopted by the kind Upendranath Choudhury and his wife, Charu. Sujata becomes a lively companion for their only daughter, Rama. She grows up into a sensitive and charming young woman. Adhir, the nephew of a relative, is being considered a prospective bridegroom for Rama.

Adhir, on the other hand, falls in love with the serene Sujata. This puts the Brahmin family in a terrible quandary. At that point Charu, the foster mother, decides to reveal Sujata’s real identity, to make it public that she is born of low caste parents. Unable to bear the torment and strife in her foster family, Sujata decides to leave. Strange circumstances prove that she is as much a daughter as the biological one – and, it is only Sujata’s blood that can save her foster mother. In the end, all caste prejudices are thrown aside for a happy ending.

 

Parakh

1960

Language: Hindi | Black & White

Cast: Sadhana, Vasanta Chowdhury, Motilal, Durga Khote, Leela Chitnis

The postmaster of Radhanagar, a remote village, receives a. cheque of 5 lakh from one Sir J.C. Roy. The cheque comes with strict conditions. That it should be given to the most honest man of that village. The simple postmaster spends a sleepless night worrying what to do with the cheque. Finally he decides to call a meeting of five village elders and put matters in their hand. The men fail to reach an agreement. Overnight, the peace and quiet of the village is shattered. Greed forces all the powerful men to proclaim their honesty. The poor villagers are confused by the spirit of sacrifice and social service displayed by all the candidates. Only the schoolmaster, Rajat, an active social worker and very popular, does not indulge in such acts of sham bravado. Some try to spread nasty rumors about Rajat. But in the end it’s the fair and honest schoolmaster who is rewarded.

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