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The idea of the Matterden Center For Films And Creations (CFC) is to break the barriers of conventional movie watching, and renewing the experience with Creativity, Computation Clarity and Surprise.

Matterden CFC will try to engage people through a collaborative film viewing, incubating and filmmaking platform, secret screenings, workshops, discussions, and help upcoming filmmakers with technological know-how and support on various films. Not just limited to exhibition of films, it is a place for film creation too.


Matterden CFC starts on 11th July 2014. To begin with, one film will be released every week with one evening show every single day at the Matterden FC. ‘A Line of Classics for Mumbai’ is the first collection that will be screened and it will start with De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, considered one of the most important works in cinema.


Various important filmmakers, international film studios and friends from the film and tech community have pledged their support for this space and with their support, from September 2014, Matterden CFC will shift gears and Mumbai will see slew of advance screenings of Indian independent films, documentary films and workshops by animators and filmmakers as well as some the most engaging films from across the world.


People working for the Enlighten Society were happy running the NGO screening great films when the owners of The Deepak: Lower Parel invited and offered them this newly renovated amazing cinema space. Overwhelmed, and wanting to turn their passion into business, the Enlighten guys started Matterden.


For the collection ‘A Line of Classics for Mumbai’, the introductory price for most of tickets will only be Rs.100.

Also, due to collaboration with the Enlighten Society for films, one can watch a film for free every week if you buy their membership (no strings attached). The Enlighten Society membership would be available for a discounted price of Rs. 3500 (otherwise Rs. 5000).


Matterden CFC, The Deepak: Lower Parel, Mumbai


Twitter: @Matter_den

Website: (details coming soon)

Phone: +91 22 40150621

Enlighten Film Society is organising Naya Cinema Fest this month. The idea is to celebrate the filmmakers whose early footsteps marked their foray into the niche circle of path-breakers of Indian Cinema.

According to official release, The Naya Cinema Festival focuses on first and second films by Indian film directors that contrast with the works of the state sponsored Indian New Wave between 1969 and 1990. The works of contemporary film makers like Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap have been able to successfully shake up the feudal star system in a very different way from the works of Kumar Shahani and the recently deceased Mani Kaul, who were not functioning within the logic of the industry. The dialogue hopes to create a fresh discourse on a gradually emerging independent cinema in India, which Mani Kaul had himself titled ‘New Stream’.

We strongly recommend this festival because you will not get to see some of the films anywhere else.

DATES : 23rd July to 31st July, 2011.


23-07-11 – Two Mani Kaul Films: Duvidha (Dilemma, 1973) and Satah Se Uthata Aadmi (Arising from the Surface, 1980). Edward Theatre 12:00PM

23-07-11 : Inshallah Football (Ashvin Kumar, 2010, 80 minutes,Urdu)+ Little Terrorist (Ashvin Kumar,2004,15minutes). Edward Theatre 04:00PM

23-07-11 : Udaan (Vikramaditya Motwane, 2010,134minutes,Hindi). Edward Theatre 6.30PM

24-07-11 : Dil Chahta Hai (FarhanAkhtar,2001,Hindi/English,183 minutes) Cinemax(Versova) 12.00PM.  Introduction and Discussion with Farhan Akhtar

24-07-11 : Aaranya Kaandam (Thiagarajan Kumararaja,2010, Tamil,153 minutes) Cinemax(Versova) 4.00PM The screening time has been changed. Mostly 9-9:30am. Do cross check once.

25-07-11 : John & Jane (Ashim Ahluwalia, English, 2005, 82minutes) Mumbai Times Café 6.00PM

26-07-11 : Mirch Masala (Ketan Mehta, Hindi, 1987, 128minutes)NFDC Auditorium 6.00PM

27-07-11 : Ocean of an Old Man (Rajesh Shera,Hindi,2008,80 minutes) World College – School of Media Studies 1.00PM

27-07-11 : Hrkhagoroloi Bohu Door (Jahnu Barua, 1995,Assamese, 106 minutes) World College – School of Media Studies4.00PM

27-07-11 : Black Friday (Anurag Kashyap,2004,Hindi,143minutes)World College – School of Media Studies6.30PM

28-07-11 : Girni (Umesh Kulkarni,Marathi,22 minutes) and Vihir (Umesh Kulkarni, Marathi,2010) Mumbai Times Café 6.00PM

29-07-11 : The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project (Srinivas Sunderrajan, English and Hindi, 2010, 75 minutes) Edward Theatre 2.00PM

29-07-11 : Shor in the City (Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru,2011,Hindi) Edward Theatre 4.00PM

29-07-11 : Harishchandrachi Factory (PareshMokashi,Marathi,2009,96 minutes) and excerpts from Kaliya Mardan and Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke Edward Theatre 7.00PM

30-07-11 : Gandu (Kaushik Mukherjee,2010,Bengali,85minutes) Performance by ‘Q’ and Gandu Band. ( Venue and time yet to be decided)

31-07-11 Futureview – This will screen excerpts from Anand Gandi’s The Ship of Theseus, Prashant Bhargava’s Patang and Aarakshan. Cinemax (Versova) 12.00PM

VENUES : Edward Theatre: Edward Cinema, Kalbadevi Market, Marine Lines (East), Mumbai 400002.

NFDC :  Discovery of India Building, Nehru Centre, Dr. A.B.Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 018.

Mumbai Times Cafe : Crystal Shoppers Paradise, 5th Floor, Off Linking Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050.

World College : Rajasthan Sammelan, S.V Road, Goregaon (W), Near Saraf College Mumbai 400064.

Cinemax Versova : Infiniti Mall, New Link Road, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai-400058

PASSES: You can’t buy tickets for individual screenings. You have to buy the festival pass for Rs 500.  You can buy the passes from –1. Enlighten Film Society.307/ 308, 3rd Floor, Aditya Banarsi Heritage.Off Link Road, Behind Inorbit Mall. Mind Space, Malad (W)  /// 2. Sarvodaya Video Library, Behind Ambedkar Statue, 21 Dr Ambedkar Road, Khar (W) /// 3. Mumbai Times Cafe. Crystal Shoppers Paradise. 33rd rd (KFC lane). off linking road, Bandra (W) /// 4. Edward Theatre. Kalba Devi

– For online registration, click here. Or you can contact Ronak – +91-9870090105

CONTACT :  To know more about the films, click here. For Naya Cinama’s FB page, click here.  Twitter handle – @EnlightenCinema

– For more information, TEL: 02242141414. MOB: 9870090105

– EMAIL: Or visit

RECCO : And here’s our recco list – Inshallah Football, Aaranya Kaandam, Girni + Vihir, Gandu and preview of Anand Gandhi’s The Ship of Theseus + Prashant Bhargava’s Patang. And do we need to recco Mani Kaul’s films too? If you haven’t, do watch it along with the other films as some of the prints are rare.

Taj Enlighten Film Society has organised the 1st European Film Festival in Mumbai. According to the official release, the festival attempts to relocate the myth-like status of European cinema by playing it to an audience much more used to the unmediated kitsch of ‘Bombay cinema.’ The selection also includes a Jean-Luc Godard retrospective and a Swiss film package.

The Swiss film package has a retrospective of the Swiss master Daniel Schmid, who was also a colleague of the legendary German film maker Rainer Fassbinder. The contemporary curations include films that view Switzerland as the ‘other’ within the discourse of the European ‘self.’  Also included is a workshop by the significant Swiss-Indian film maker Kamal Musale at the World College-School of Media Studies, emphasizing the importance of documentary film practice even in conventional, narrative cinema and the importance of filming over script construction.

The schedule for the month of June is as follows:


3rd June, 2011, 6.30 PM -Inauguration by Kamal Musale and Amole Gupte

Screening: 2 short films by Kamal Musale: Three Soldiers (1987) and Raclette Curry (1999)

Screening: Two English Girls (Francois Truffaut, 1971)

24th June, 2011-6.30 PM– Bed&Board (Francois Truffaut, 1970)


5th June – 12 Noon— Army of Shadows (Jean Pierre Melville, 1969)

12th June – 12 Noon-Le Petit Soldat (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)

19th June- 12 Noon– Daniel Schmid: The Thinking Cat (Benny Jaberg and Pascal Hoffman, 2010)

26th June – 12 Noon– Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, 2009)

Metro Big Cinema

5th June, 2011 – 10.00 AM – Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1959)

12th June – 10.00 AM– Hecate (Daniel Schmid, 1982)

19th June – 10.00 AM – Oh Woe is Me (Jean Luc Godard, 1993)

26th June – 10.00 AM – Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut, 1962)

World College-School of Media Studies

4th June, 2011, 4.00 PM – Workshop by Kamal Musale on documentary film making.

Screening of Sound of Insects (Peter Leichti, 2009) along with works by Kamal Musale: Courrier Du Pacifique (1998) and Raclette Curry (1999).

11th June, 2011 6.30 PM: Three Swiss short films: Yuri Lennon’s Landing on Alpha 46 (Anthony Vouardoux, 2010), Au Café Romand (Richard Szotyori, 2008) and Cartography: the Pool (Phillipe Saire, 2008)

Mumbai Times Cafe

18th June 2011 6.00pm : Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci,1996)

For further information on screening and membership details contact 022 – 42141414 or visit