Namesake, Sunday March 29 2015, 2:30 pm at ACAD
Director:Mira Nair | English (2007) | 122 minutes |
Based on novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, Screenplay: Sooni Taraporevala *Kal Penn, Irfan Khan, Tabu. Namesake is about first generation Bengali immigrants to the United States and their U.S.-born children but it could easily be any Diaspora. It depicts the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Gogol, the protagonist, suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Nair reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.
Happy New Year to all of you and all the Best in the coming year! Here is our first offering of the year: Such a Long Journey. The book is by Indo-Canadian author Rohinton Mistry and is Directed by Canadian Director Sturla Gunnarsson . What is best is, it is in ENGLISH. Next film in March is also in English. We have added an extra film on Honour-killing from UK in April. So join us.
Such a long Journey Sunday, January 25th 2015, 2:30pm pm at ACAD
Director:Sturla Gunnarsson | English,(1998) | 113 Minutes |
Indian Auteur Series: Guru Dutt retrospective
Pyaasa (Thirsty), Friday, September 26th 2014, 7.00 pm at ACAD
Director:Guru Dutt | Hindi(1957) | 146 Minutes |
Guru Dutt's poetry on celluloid, it was called, "the soulfully romantic of the lot" by Time Magazine and on Valentine Day 2011, declared it as one of Top 10 Romantic movies of all times. It boasts one of the best performances of S.D. Burman, the Music Director and Sahir Ludhianvi, the lyricist to produce one of the most lyrical Hindi musicals. Alas, it was also their last collaboration.
Work shop by Dr. Daniel Doz, President of ACAD on Saturday, September 27th 2014, 2:30 pm at ACAD
Dr. Doz will conduct 30 min. workshop on:
a) how best to view a Black and White film
b) What is Film Noir?
Kagaz Ke Phool (Paper Flowers) Saturday, September 27th 2014, approx. 3.00 pm at ACAD
Director:Guru Dutt | Hindi(1959) | 148 Minutes |
Guru Dutt had a music and dance background and he was known for the Best picturization of songs. He along with his cinematographer V.K.Murthy perfected some lighting techniques that was forever copied by other directors. Kagaz Ke Phool was also the first cinemascope film made in India. It is semi autobiographical and won 2 Filmfare awards for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Unfortunately, it did not do so well at the box-office, the first time around and he swore never to Direct a film again.
Saheb, Bibi aur Gulam (King, Queen and Jack) Sunday, September 28th 2014, 2:30 pm at ACAD
Director:Abrar Alvi | Hind(1962) | 155 Minutes |
Saheb Bibi aur Gulam was a major critical and commercial success after the dismal failure of Kagaz Ke Phool at its initial release. This film was magnificent. It had sombre, heightened atmosphere, rich dialogues, haunting cinematography, extraordinary song picturization and brilliant performances. It won:
(1) President's Silver medal for Best Hindi film
(2) Four Filmfare awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography & not the least of them Best Actress for Meena Kumari.It was nominated for Berlin Golden Bear and went to the Oscars.
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)