Archive for January 9, 2011

WHAT : “Cannes in Mumbai” film festival programme at the Alliance Francaise Bombay. It is a selection of Indian films that have been selected by the Cannes Film Festival over the years. It includes shorts, animation films, diploma and feature films.

WHERE : Alliance Francaise, Opp USIS/American Center, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines (near Churchgate railway station)

DATES : January 10-14, 2011

Q n A : There will be a question-answer session with the films’ team members after the daily screenings. The guests include Vikramaditya Motwane (director of Udaan), Sooni Taraporevala (screenwriter of Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay), Gitanjali Rao, director of the animation film Printed Rainbow (which won many prizes at Cannes) and Shubho Shekhar Bhattacharjee, head of Planman, producer of Rituparno Ghosh’s Dosar.

Discussion : The festival concludes with a round table discussion on Friday Jan 14 on “Making the most of Cannes: Maximising opportunities at the film festival” with Vikramaditya Motwane and Sunil Doshi (who has bought world cinema films at Cannes), and will be  moderated by Meenakshi Shedde ( curator of the fest).

ENTRY : FREE and Open to all. First come first served basis.

TIME : The screenings are daily at 6pm

CONTACT : 022 – 22036187/22035993.


Monday 10th Jan 2011 : A Very Silent Film – Manish Jha ( 2001. 5′). Udaan – Vikramaditya Motwane ( 2010. 138′)

Tuesday 11th Jan 2011 : Tetris by Anirban Datta ( 2006. 30′). Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair (1988. 110′)

Wednesday 12th Jan 2011 : Printed Rainbows by Geetanjali Rao ( 2006. 15′). Khoj by Tridip Poddar ( 20o2. 26′). Piravi by Shaji N Karun ( 1988. 110′)

Thursday 13th Jan 2011 : Chinese Whispers by Raka Datta ( 2006. 28′). Dosar by Rituparno Ghosh ( 2006. 120′)

Friday 14th Jan 2011 : Marana Simhasanam by Murali Nair ( 1997. 57′) & Round table discussion

Our Recco – If possible, do catch all the films. If not, Printed Rainbows is a must watch. We do make gorgeous animation films.

Message from fest Curator Meenakshi Shedde : Above all, I’d like to emphasise that most of the films are FIRST FILMS by Indians–and include feature films (some of which won the Camera d’Or for best debut feature), shorts, an animation film and student diploma films. The idea is, I wanted young people to know you don’t have to be old and grey in the hair for your film to be selected at Cannes. You can make your first film and–BOOM!–end up at Cannes, as these other Indian directors have. Also, I specially chose films from all over the country–in Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam, including Shaji Karun’s Piravi (the Birth) and Murali Nair’s Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death), both in Malayalam, Rituparno Ghosh’s Dosar (The Companion, Bengali) and Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan (Flight, Hindi).