March 22, 2011

How she is venerated in love (2010)
(pranayathil oruval vazhthappedum vidham)

17 mins/Malayalam

Directed by Manilal

A love story in cyber times.

The film is about how we experience

love in times when communication

between human beings is more

in the virtual realm than in the physical,

face to face world of reality.

It is also a rumination upon how the male

and female dwell or inhabit

the world of imagination that love essentially is.

the film traverses the thin edge between virtual,

imaginative, physical and the erotic.

March 21, 2011

The Day I Became a Woman

The Day I Became a Woman
Roozi ke zan shodam (original title)

78 min/Iran/Persian

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf

Writers: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Marzieh Makhmalbaf


Fatemeh Cherag Akhar ... Hava

Hassan Nebhan ...Hassan

Shahr Banou Sisizadeh ... Mother

Ameneh Passand ... Grandmother

Shabnam Toloui ... Ahoo

Sirous Kahvarinegad ... Husband

Mahram Zeinal Zadeh ... smann

Norieh Mahigiran ... Rival Cyclist

Azizeh Sedighi ... Hoora

Badr Iravani ... Young Boy


A film comprised of three interconnected vignettes that depict women at three stages of life in Iran. The first part centers on a young girl on her ninth birthday who is told that she can no longer play with the boys she had been playing with only the day before because she is now a woman. Told from the perspective of a 9-year-old girl who does not feel like or know what the word "woman" refers to, we see how devastatingly this affects both the girl and the boy with whom she had been friends. The second part is about a young woman who decides to enter a bicycle race against her husband's wishes. As first, the husband and then increasing numbers of men from her village ride beside her on horseback to convince her to return home. The race begins to symbolize a freedom that she desperately wants from the limitations that have been placed on her. Finally, the third part shows us an old woman who has come into some money and is now free to do what she wan

The Japanese Wife (2010)

India/ English | Bengali | Japanese

Director: Aparna Sen

Writers: Kunal Basu, Aparna Sen

Cast :

Rahul Bose/... Snehamoy

Chigusa Takaku/... Miyage

Raima Sen/... Sandhya

Moushumi Chatterjee/... Mashi

Paran Bandopadhyay/... Ayurvedic doctor

Kharaj Mukhopadhyay/... Kite shop owner

Rudranil Ghosh/... Fatik

Debranjan Nag/... Fatik's friend

Jagannath Guha/... Oncologist

Sagnik Chowdhury/... Paltu

Sourodip Bhattacharya/... Young Snehamoy

Ranu Bandhopadhyay/... Sandhya's mother

Arindoi Bagchi/... Mailman (as Arindol Bagchi)

Khagendra Nath Das/... School clerk

Sutapa Ghosh/... Khendi

The final lap in this lyrical but contrived tale of unfufilled love shows two women coming together after the tragic death of the man they both loved. One, the Japanese wife of the title, the other a silent widow of meagre means. This story of a long-distance 'marriage' between a Bengali bhadra-lok from rural Bengal Snehmoy (Rahul Bose) and his Japanese pen-pal Miyage (Chigusa Takaku) suffers from an incurable disease known as Inherent Silliness. Based on a true story by Kunal Basu, this is the ultimate non-romance between two people who thoroughly deserve each other.