Hidden Gems presents its Annual Film Festival 2014 over two weekends in May/June 2014. All the movies have English subtitles. Times and Titles are shown below with the trailers. Program can be found on our Poster page.
Sonyacha Amba (Golden Mangoes), Thursday , May 22 2014, 7.00 pm
Director:Govinda Raju | Marathi(2012) | 10 min |
The family of an eight-year-old boy with a ravenous appetite for mangoes, cannot afford them. In order to console him, his grandmother tells him a tale of a man, who discovers golden mangoes in his garden. The story sends the boy on a dream...
Anumati(Assent) Thursday, May 22 2014, 7.45 pm
Director:Gajendra Ahire | Marathi(2012) | 111 Minutes |
An old man tries to save his dying wife. He is asked to sign the DNR (do not resuscitate) form. We live in a society where old are perceived as people who have lived enough. Even he says, "The road is over, why am I still walking?" Gokhale won National award for Best Actor.
Tamaash(Puppet) Friday, May 23 2014, 7.00 pm
Directors:Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh | Kashmiri(2013) | 32 Minutes |
Tamaash is a funny, scary and engrossing allegorical tale with multi-layered insights. It explores the power of goodness and the importance of preserving the innocence of children when parents have unreasonable expectations. (Bluray)
Dozakh(In Search Of Heaven) Friday, May 23 2014, 7.45 pm
Director:Zaigham Imam.| Hindi(2013) | 92 Minutes (following Tamaash) |
As one watches the opening scene of Dozakh, one wonders, is it brewing into yet another confrontation between Hindus and Muslims. All the signs are there: the animosity between two clerics from two religious groups and a Muslim child unretractably drawn towards the rituals and festivals of the Hindus. Best film on religious tolerance.
Venal Odungathe(The Endless Summer) Saturday, May 24 2014, 7.00 pm
Director:Sanjeev Sivan | Malayalam(2013) | 124 Minutes |
Based on a real life story, this is a tale about an elderly couples' desperate attempts to get back, in essence, their dead son. The Director will be present for Q & A after the screening.
Meghe Dhaka Tara(The Cloud-clapped Star) Sunday, May 25 2014, 3.00 pm
Director:Kamleshwar Mukerjee | Bengali(2013) | 154 Minutes |India's "Centenary Award" winner, this film is inspired by the life and works of incomparable director Ritwik Ghatak. He had a manic energy that propelled him against all odds. His tortured soul was like a live grenade, disrupting everything. Yet everything he said still applies in our time. It reminds one of John Steinbeck's Grapes Of Wrath.
Listen...Amaya Thursday, May 29 2014, 7.00 pm
Director:Amaya-Avinash Kumar Singh | Hindi/English(2013) | 108 Minutes |
Parents are protective about their children and children are possessive about their parents. When children are ready to leave the nest, don't single parent have right to love someone?
Goynar Baksho (The Jewellery Box) Friday, May 30 2014, 7.00 pm
Director:Aparna Sen | Hindi/English(2013) | 141 Minutes |
The Jewellery Box is a metaphor for changing positions of three generation of women. There is humour, passion, patriotic fervour, love, romance, poetry, magic realism, feminism and sexuality - a kind of cocktail that will make your head spin.
Jal (Water) Saturday, May 31 2014, 7.00 pm
Director:Girish Malik | Hindi(2014) | 126 Minutes |
Jal is a never-before experience, tapestried and tempestuous. Filmed in Rann of Kutch, it is visually mesmeric. Cyclones and rain conspire to create an aura of unpredictability. It is a poignant and powerful story of love, relationships, enmity, deceit and circumstances that bring about the dark side of human character.
Paradesi (Migrant) Sunday, June 1 2014, 3.00 pm
Director:Bala Pazhanissamy| Tamil(2013) | 126 Minutes |
Paradesi transports you to a tea plantation in 1930's British India to a forgotten chapter of history. The amateur director captures the beauty of lush tea estates, stark living conditions and raw emotions of people. It will etch itself in your memory. It is reminiscent of Pearl Buck's The Good Earth. (Bluray)