Cinephilia and Beyond is Cine Darbaar’s, a Delhi-based group of cineastes, latest film festival, an effort to introduce people to world cinema and its inner mechanisms. Staying faithful to its nomenclature, the three-day festival, which starts on 22 July in New Delhi, will go beyond the mere screening of films to include lectures on film, workshops and interactions with venerated figures from cinema.
For the cineaste, there will be a generous sprinkling of films from Japan, India and Iran carefully chosen to reflect the theme of family bonding; for the aspiring film-maker also interested in cinema theory, there will be a series of workshops and lectures on subjects as varied as the history of Japanese cinema and curatorial practices for developing visual essays, and finally, for those looking for some masterful guidance, there will be interactions with veteran film-maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta and maverick cinematographer Sunny Joseph, fittingly titled Master Class.
A still from the movie Janala.
“Joseph’s Master Class would comprise an introduction to the art of cinematography for people with an inclination towards the form, while Dasgupta would muse on the image and ways of looking at cinema,” says Supriya Suri, artistic director, Cine Darbaar.
Dasgupta’s last release, Janala, will be the opening film at the festival. It is the story of a man who decides to do something for the school he used to attend, only to see his decision threaten to tear his domestic life apart. The extraordinary power that the mundane wields forms the subject matter for Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s Where is my Friend’s Home?, the simple tale of a boy who takes it upon himself to return his friend’s notebook, which comes into his possession by mistake. This seemingly modest premise, under Kiarostami’s brilliant authorship, soon transforms into an adventure that tugs at the viewer’s heart with its innocence. The late Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s work, Late Autumn, Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly and Yoji Yamada’s Kabei: Our Mother will also be screened.
Ananya Parekh, a PhD in cinema studies, will hold a workshop on “Curatorial Practices”, while Kaushik Bhowmik, senior vice-president, Osian Film Festival, will guide people through the craft of film criticism.
A still from the movie About Elly.
“Traditionally film criticism has been text-based. With these workshops we are trying to introduce people to video essays that critique cinema while providing us a peek into the movies,” says Suri. The participants will be encouraged to write film reviews and create video essays of their own which will then be uploaded on the Cine Darbaar website.
An installation screening Five, Kiarostami’s video tribute to Ozu, will be screened on all three days of the festival, in addition to an exhibition on visual storytelling from Iran.
Cinephilia and Beyond is on from 22-24 July at the Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, Adhichini, New Delhi. For the schedule, visit http://www.indianauteur.com/?p=1830