One for the family
With family AS the theme, a three-day film festival titled Cinephilia and Beyond 2, will kick off on 14 September. The movies are based on family lives from different social milieau. From Europe to the Middle East — the movies travel far and wide, bringing across different cross-sections of societies.
Organised by Cine Darbaar in association with Iran Culture House and Instituto Cervantes, this festival would also see a storytelling session by Polish storyteller and folklorist, Michal Malinowski, who revived the storytelling movement in Poland.
The opening film of the festival is a Spanish movie A Boyfriend for Yasmina by Irene Cardona which is the story about a woman who discovers how much love and money have to do with marriage as she tries to get a green card.
In a series of events that follow, she is thrown out of her flat and also breaks up with her boyfriend. The whole process of getting a new boyfriend for Yasmina becomes the ground for the story.
Some of the movies in the this film festival are Iranian movies like Here without Me, So far so close, Among the clouds, the Cuban movie The teacher, Room 666 [Germany], Korczak from Poland among others.
Here without Me is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans. In The teacher, Octavio Cortazar brings in the early years of the Cuban revolution, where a young Havana student volunteers to go to a poor rural region to teach peasants how to read and write. He is sent to the Ciénega de Zapata zone, where squads of anti-Castro guerrilla operate and happens to teach the wife of a squad leader.
The trouble and confrontation ensures when government militia makes the little town the base of its operation.
In Room 666 Wim Wenders captures numerous inputs of film directors from around the world during the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.
In So far so close Reza Mirkarimi tells the story of an arrogant neurologist who tries to find the meaning of his life when his son is diagnosed with an in-operable brain tumor.
His journey through the desert to catch up with his son’s astronomy field trip leads him to encounter a number of seemingly ordinary people who challenge his views and values.
Andrzej Wajda in Korczak brings in the last days of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Go for this.
At: Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road
When: 14, 15 and 16 September
Timings: 11 pm onwards