April 23, 2014

Children of the Pyre 
 Rajesh S. Jala   
India/ Hindi (Eng. Subs)/ 2008/ 74 min.

Directed by Rajesh S. Jala, Children of the Pyre is a documentary about seven remarkable children who have been brought up in Varanasi and have been making a living by cremating the dead at Manikarnika, one of the busiest cremation grounds of India.  The film is a compelling real-life, self-narrative of seven extraordinary children who make their living out of the dead. They collect; snatch or steal used coffin shrouds and sell them for petty amounts in order to ensure their own and their family';s survival. Tempered by the heat of the pyre, strengthened in the face of adversities and crafted by a volley of abuses, these imps weave through the pyres and struggle through disdain in this land of the dead. Laughing, smiling, weeping, fighting and shouting, these children run the race for survival - winning it again and again - everyday. The film is a terrible saga of exploitation that celebrates the victory of innocence over the most harrowing realities of life. It';s a torturous journey through seared bodies, callous minds and dead consciences that constitute the human reality of the Ghats at Varanasi.

Festivals/ Awards:
Montréal World Film Festival, 2008 – Best Documentary
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2008 - Best Documentary
IFFLA, USA 2009 – Best Documentary
National Awards, India 2009 – Special Jury Award & Best Audiography
Asiatica Film Mediale, Rome 2009 – Best Documentary
IDPA-Indian Documentary Producers Association 2009 – Best Documentary & Best Cinematography
Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, 2009 – Special Jury Award

Alms For a Blind Horse 
(Anhey gorhey da daan)
 India/ Punjabi (English Subtitles) / 2011/ 112 min 
Dir by Gurvinder Singh

 On a foggy winter morning, a Dalit family in a village in Punjab wakes up to the news of the demolition of a house of one of their community members on the outskirts of the village. Father, a silent sympathiser, joins his community in demand for justice for the affected family. The same day, his son Melu, a cycle-rickshaw puller in the city, is participating in a strike by his union. Injured and alienated, Melu spends the day quietly resting and later joins his friends as they tease him over his state of affairs. Hesitantly, he drinks with them in the night as they debate the meaning of their existence. Cycling through the city streets, Melu feels lost and wonders where to go and what to do. Back in the village, his mother feels humiliated at the treatment meted out by the landlords in whose fields she works. Gunshots are heard in the night and the village is tense. It';s the night of the lunar eclipse. A man wanders asking for the traditional alms while Father decides to visit the city with a friend, even as his daughter Dayalo walks through the village streets in the night.

Festivals/ Awards:
43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - Golden Peacock Award
Abu Dhabi Film Festival:
Special jury Award & Black Pearl Trophy 2011 in
National Film Awards, India 2012:
Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film in Punjabi 

March 28, 2014



PRESIDENT :Suresh Maruthur
SECRETARY : Anoop Varma.G

Arvind Raghav
Ajaya Kumar.V.D.

March 10, 2014

"സ്നേഹപൂർവ്വം ഗാബോയ്ക്ക് "

Love in the Time of Cholera (USA / 2007 / 139 min)
Dir: Mike Newell
Cast: Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Benjamin Bratt.

Based on the novel of the same name, director Mike Newell's Love in the Time of Cholera details a passionate love triangle between Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza  and  Dr. Juvenal Urbino that unfolds in turn-of-the-century South America.  Young Florentino Ariza (Unax Ugalde) is a poor dreamer working as a telegraph operator and sees and falls in love with young Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), daughter of a wealthy mule trader Lorenzo Daza (John Leguizamo) who upon hearing of the infatuation whisks Fermina away as Florentino pledges undying love and fidelity to Fermina. Florentino's mother Tránsito (Fernanda Montenegro), his uncle Leo (Hector Elizondo), and his friend Lotario Thugut (Liev Schreiber) comfort him and try to encourage his mating with another woman, but as Florentino matures (now Javier Bardem) even the long list of sexual encounters cannot turn his mind away from Fermina. Fermina marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino (Benjamin Bratt), travels widely, has his child and ultimately discovers her husband's infidelity. Florentino inherits his Uncle's shipping wealth, becoming one of the wealthy class that would have made him an eligible suitor for Fermina when he originally met her. But time changes everything except Florentino's commitment to Fermina and after the death of Dr. Urbino, he has the chance to realize his long awaited dream of being with the now 70+ year old lover.

García Márquez: A Witch Writing
 (France / 1998 / 53 min)
Dir: Mauricio Martinez-Cavard, Yves Billon

This is an excellent documentary of the life, times, thoughts and writings of Colombian-born Gabriel García Márquez, one of the twentieth century's most notable authors who is most well known for his Nobel prize winning novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. García Márquez tells us in his own words, without interruption from an interviewer, about his early life in civil-war torn Colombia; his fascinating forays into other creative endeavors, including his law school student days, employment as a journalist (he later founded a journalism school/movement in Cuba); his work in the political arena; and his less well-known work as a screenwriter and filmmaker. He is at his best when ruminating about the unique and important roles and functions of writers in society, particularly in Latin American dictatorships.

Of Love and Other Demons (Del amor y otros demonios)
(Colombia / 2009 / 95 min) 
 Dir: Hilda Hidalgo

Love, faith and superstition cross paths in this drama adapted from a novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Sierva (Eliza Triana) is a twelve-year-old girl who is the daughter of socially and politically prominent parents; however, their lives are hectic enough that they rarely see their own child, and Sierva has largely been brought up by the African servants who look after the house. Sierva is bitten by a dog and develops symptoms of rabies; unfortunately, it's a common local superstition that rabies is a symptom of demonic possession, and instead of taking her to a doctor, Sierva's minders put her in the care of a priest, Cayetano (Pablo Derqui). The bishop who oversees Cayetano insists he perform an exorcism, but the thirty-something priest believes in gentler, more forgiving form of worship, and as he tries to invoke the power of the Lord to help Sierva, he becomes convinced that she's ill, not possessed. But he also has issues of his own to confront when he finds himself drawn to the lovely but feral young woman.

No One Writes to the Colonel (El coronel no tiene quien le escriba)
(Mexico / 1999 / 119 min)
Dir: Arturo Ripstein

In a small coastal town in Mexico in the late 1940's, an obstinate colonel of the anticlerical Cristeros War keeps waiting for the pension that has been promised to him but never delivered. Every Friday, he goes down to the docks, dressed in his best suit in anticipation of the arrival of the letter announcing his pension. Everyone knows that he is waiting in vain, but he refuses to face reality, even though, deep in his heart, he knows that the letter will never arrive. His wife is suffering from asthma; their son Agustin was killed by the fascists; and the roof over their head will soon be taken away because of the unpaid mortgage. Yet the Colonel stands by his dream, refusing to give up despite poverty and hunger

December 18, 2013


Jointly requesting your presence for the programme

( Remembering C.N.Karunakaran )




November 10, 2013


14 November 2013, 6 pm

Could This Be Love? (Je crois que je l'aime)

2007/90 minutes/
Directed By: Pierre Jolivet
Cast :    Vincent Lindon /    Sandrine Bonnaire/     François Berléand/     Kad Merad /    Liane Foly /   Helene De Saint Pere /    Guilaine Londe
In "Could This Be Love?", on his return from a business trip to England, Lucas(Vincent Lindon), a busy chief executive, becomes smitten with Elsa(Sandrine Bonnaire), an artist who is employed to create a fresco for his lobby. Since Lucas has trust issues due to a calamitous affair some years before which led to depression which led to a precipitous drop in the price of his company's stock, he puts his security chief, Roland(Francois Berleand), on the case to find out if she is sincere...
15 November 2013, 10.30 am & 1.30 pm
( special screening for school students )

"Le tableau" The Painting
2011 / 76 min  -  Animation  .

Director:Jean-François Laguionie

Writers:Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Leray

Cast:·  Jessica Monceau as Lola ·  Adrien Larmande as Ramo ·  Thierry Jahn as Plume

·  Julien Bouanich as Gom ·  Céline Ronte as Garance ·  Thomas Sagols as Magenta
·  Magali Rosenzweig as Orange de Mars ·  Chloé Berthier as Claire

A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter's secret?

The film was co-produced by France's Blue Spirit and Belgium's Be-Films. It took two years to finance and had a budget of four million euro. Jean-François Laguionie designed every character himself. The designs include homages to painters such as Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Pre-production took 15 months and production one year. 

15 November 2013, 6 pm  
"Le refuge" /Hideaway
2009/88 min

Director:François Ozon

Writers:Mathieu Hippeau (screenplay), François Ozon (screenplay)

Stars:Isabelle Carré, Louis-Ronan Choisy, Pierre Louis-Calixte

Mousse (Isabelle Carre) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) are young, beautiful, rich and in love, but drugs have invaded their lives. After Louis fatal overdose, Mousse soon learns she is pregnant (actress Isabelle Carr was pregnant while shooting.) Feeling lost, Mousse escapes to a beautiful beach house far from Paris and is soon joined in her refuge by Louis gay brother, Paul (French singer Louis-Ronan Choisy in his first screen appearance). The two strangers gradually develop an unusual and deeply moving relationship as Ozon continues his unique exploration of the nature of family and blood ties. Ozon's innate narration sense keeps the film simple and direct.

16 November 2013, 6 pm 

Tous au Larzac

Director:Christian Rouaud

Documentary/  2011/     120 minutes

Seated in his office in Paris, one day of October 1971, Michel Debré, minister of the Defence declares: We choose the Larzac as it is a deprived land. With no prior dialogue, his decision to extend the military camp of the Larzac is made. The first reaction of the peasants is radical: "If they want our farms and lands, we'll leave them dead and we won't be the only dead around" He sets an unanimous wave of protestations and resistances; the beginning of an amazing struggle, that will last for ten years until the elections for Presidency of May 1981
17 November 2013, 6 pm 
2009 / French, Kurdish and English, with English subtitles./ Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes.

Directed by Philippe Lioret
Written by Philippe Lioret/Emmanuel Courcol/Olivier Adam
Starring :Vincent Lindon/Firat Ayverdi/Audrey Dana/Olivier Rabourdin/Derya Ayverdi/
Music by   Nicola Piovani/Wojciech Kilar/Armand Amar
Cinematography :Laurent Dailland
Editing by           Andréa Sedlackova 

The film tells the story of Simon Calmat (Vincent Lindon), a French swimming coach who is divorcing his wife Marion (Audrey Dana). Simon tries to help a young Iraqi-Kurdish illegal Immigrant, Bilal Kayani (Firat Ayverdi), whose dream is to cross the English Channel from Calais in France to the United Kingdom by any means possible to be reunited with his girlfriend Mina (Derya Ayverdi). Meanwhile, Mina's father strongly opposes Bilal's plans as he wants to marry his daughter to her cousin who owns a restaurant. After being caught with other illegal Immigrants and returned to France, Simon gives him temporary refuge at his home after the young Bilal, nicknamed "Bazda" (runner, for his athletic abilities and love of football and Manchester United in particular) registers for swimming lessons, intending to train to be able to swim across the Channel. After police search Simon's apartment, Bilal goes on a final attempt and drowns 800 meters from the English coast while hiding from the coastguard. Simon then travels to inform Mina.

The film became hugely popular with audiences in France alone reaching 780,000 in just 3 weeks on screen.

October 31, 2013



Original Title : Brasil Visto Por Dentro
English Title : Brazil, A view from inside
Category : Feature Length Documentary
Running Time : 62 MINUTES
Date Completed : March 2013
Country of Origin : Brazil
Language : Portuguese & English


Direction: Ananda Jyothi | Carina Bini

Screenplay: Carina Bini

Executive Producer: Tantri Art and Culture

Production: Samaúma Movies

Original Soundtrack: Claudio Vinicius Fróes Fialho

Creating Graphics: Satyan - Brand was

Translation Subtitles: Marina Lucia and Lara Arieira

Editing: André Cardoso

Rio de Janeiro: Camera | Allan Ribeiro | Douglas Smith | Heverton Lima | Camera Assistant | Paula Lousada

Sao Paulo: Camera | Bernardo Paglia | Lucas Mello | Padu Palmerio

Brasilia: Camera | Leidimar Pereira dos Santos | Rubens Shinkai | Carina Bini | Wizards | Tom Rodrigues | Isaquiel de Souza

Paraná: Camera | Carina Bini | Manu P. S.

Amazon: Camera | Robert Coelho | Carina Bini

India - Calicut: Camera | Preman

India - Kochi: Camera | Manilal Padavoor |    Ayllian - Shadowman Films

Synopsis: Brazil, A View from Inside offers insightful observations of the country with powerful messages conveyed through stunning imagery and well chosen interviews. This work have succeeded in doing a quick-paced film with the book, 'From Inside Brazil' by Indian economist Vinod Thomas. By looking at everyday life in India and Brazil, it presents a unique view about the need for economic, social and environmental values to co-exist in the changing world we live in, the filmmakers unravel the country's promising prospects for global take-off. Whether you're a specialist on Brazil or simply a fan of anything Brazilian, this gem of a film by an Indian-Brazilian couple is an ideal warm-up before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, going beyond the usual cliches.
 Filmed in the Amazon, Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia, Paraná and India, this documentary provides the most timely and insightful guide to current Brazil. The film extensively covers scenes of Brazil’s communities and lifestyle with in-depth interviews that give viewers a refreshingly personal take on development issues. The account vividly captures images of rich cultural contexts and natural resources, with messages that are of great relevance to the world. The documentary also highlights the relevance of unfolding stories about Brazil and India, with key parallels between these countries that represent global and developing economies headed toward critical crossroads, effects of climate change, and growth that calls for more inclusion. In the global scenario, revelations on the role of diversity, education and environment in the emerging country!

 Ananda Jyothi:  Ananda Jyothi is director and musician, born in Kerala, South India, lived in Brazil for 14 years. Directed several documentaries throughout his career, among them: Planet India (2011), India Devi Divine (2007), Mudra: Magic of Music and Dance of India (2012), Mantra Tropical (2010), and the latest Brazil a View from Inside (2013). He is the founder of Tantri Art and Culture, the production company that promotes cultural cooperation between India and Brazil. In 2012 he was the curator of the largest exhibition of Indian cinema in Brazil, Bhava: Universe of Indian Cinema, in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Carina Bini: Director, Writer :A Brazilian Carina Bini has a background in Communications - Journalism, is a writer, director, and executive producer. She is the Founder of Tantri Art and Culture, a producer company who works with cultural exchange. Author of fiction script La Mamma, awarded by Ancine (National Cinema Agency - Brazil) and Direzione Generale Per Il Cinema (DGC) and the Foundation for Experimental Cinematography Centre (CSC), Italy. Wrote and directed more than a dozen documentaries throughout her career. The movie "Brazil, a View from Inside" is her latest work.