Tuesday, June 17, 2008

[screenings] All We Need Is Love (June 20,21,22)

You say "potato," I say "patattah"
You say "tomato", I say "creole tomata"

- `Let's call This Whole Thing Off'
George and Ira Gershwin

He forgets to run his fingers through his hair which he does as a habit every once a minute. She closes her copy of `Kala Ghoda Poems' forgetting where she was last and to slide in the bookmark. The bookmark slips from between the pages and floats onto the tarmac. He walks towards her and she towards him. In complete silence.

An ugly silver colored sedan runs over the bookmark with its surly bullying wheels. It honks with rabid dog vulgarity and other cars like so many dogs, reciprocate. This time of the night the city is all neon and noise. People talking, hollering, laughing, screaming. Stock Market, Cricket, Some joke you didn't hear. Stereos blare. Helter Skelter, Shout Shout (Let it All Out). Someone says aloud, "The Godforsaken Traffic" and honks three times in a row. Crackers explode. Someone just won a match. A wedding band joins in and kicks up a brass version of "Onde Ondu Sari".

He walks towards her and she towards him. In complete silence. In the middle of a teeming screaming city. He towards her and she towards him. In complete ignorance. In the middle of a strange city, as unfamiliar to them as they are to each other. Yet they come closer. Maybe they speak in different tongues. Maybe he likes Dylan, she likes Asha Bhonsle. Maybe all they have in common is the silence. In the middle of a teeming screaming city.

The beat that the heart skipped. That minute when the eyes forgot to blink. Complete Silence.

They meet each other at the exact centre.

And the band begins to play that ol' Kishore hit,".... aur Punjabi Main Kehte Hain…."

Bangalore Film Society completely endorses what The Beatles had in mind when they said `All We Need is Love' and is proud to present three intimate stories of love unspoken, deep and cathartic.

Friday 20th June, 2008 Time: 6.30pm

A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984/106min) Dir: Krzysztof Zanussi

A Year of the Quiet Sun, regarded as Polish master Zanussi's greatest and most powerful work is a tender tragic love story set in a small German town now reeling under the post World War II upheaval. The movie chronicles the awkward courtship between a disillusioned American soldier posted in the town and a native woman who has been deeply stricken by the war. Language is no barrier for their love but much as they try the past, the dead landscape and their responsibilities will take their toll and remind them of the space between. Winner of the Gold Lion at Venice 84'.


Saturday 21st June, 2008 Time: 6.45pm

Last Life in the Universe (2003/109min) Dir: Pen Ek-Ratanaruang

Directed with relentlessly inventive virtuosity by Director Ratanaruang and lensed in ethereal shades of white and blue by ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle, `Last Life in the Universe' is a hip and beguiling movie about love, death and redemption. Inspired by the hypnotic dimensions of M.C. Escher's work, Ratanaruang plays out a tragic-comedy about lost souls trying to connect in sterile world where violence and the past is always around the corner and where the only hope and redemption is in intimacy and connection. Featuring a quietly powerful performance by Japanese star Tadanobu Asano and an electric cameo by cult film director Takashi Miike, `Last Life in the Universe' was awarded the Upstream Prize at Venice 2003.

Sunday 22nd June, 2008 Time: 6.30pm

The Girl on the Bridge (1999/90min) Dir: Patrice Leconte

Adele (played by the striking Vanessa Paradis) jumps off the bridge into the River Seine. Time did not bid her well and left her alone and miserable. But she is rescued just in time by Gabor (a fantastic Daniel Auteuil) who is looking for a new assistant for his knife throwing act. Director Patrice Leconte takes a by-the-two-penny torrid love story and turns it into an exotic mysterious tale of passionate love and intimate connections. Jean-Marie Drejou`s remarkable black and white frames lend an old world carnival atmosphere and Director Leconte infuses wit and eccentricity to the passion play bringing the film its strange joie de vivre.
Venue: Ashirvad, 30, St. Mark's Road cross, Op. State Bank of India

Tel: 2549 2774/ 2549 3705/ 9886213516

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Blogarithmist Sonsabitch said...

I became a member and was there for yesterday's French film. Cool initiative, but I'd like a couple of things improved. First is the sound/picture quality and second, well I just like to sit on more comfortable chairs. I'm a 6 ft tall guy but sitting in the third row, I had trouble viewing past the folks sitting in front of me. May be doing it in a small audi will be a good idea? I don't mind paying a bit more. Film Centre at Sona Towers, Miller's Road have one apparently.

Thanks again. Look forward to the next month's screenings

Jeremy Richey said...

I still remember the pleasure of seeing GIRL ON THE BRIDGE in its US release on the big screen. Lovely film and it was thrilling watching Paradis (a personal favorite) in such an intriguing and hypnotic film.