Film Screening

FILM SCREENING

SANS SOLEIL

Dir. Chris Marker
France | 1982 | Colour | 103 mins | Documentary

A poetic documentary tour of Tokyo, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland and San Francisco, Sans Soleil mingles personal reflections with the history of the world. The female narrator reads letters sent by fictional Sandor Krasna, writing from ‘another world’. The spoken word, synthesized sound and haunting visuals investigate relationships between developed and developing societies. Virtuoso editing and special effects conjure the disorientation of a world traveller, journeying through cultures, secret rituals and confusions of time.

Date: February 27, Monday
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University

LA JETÉE

Dir. Chris Marker
France | 1962 | B&W | 28 min | Science Fiction

Chris Marker's La Jetée is almost entirely made up of black-and-white still images. This legendary French film – which Marker described as a 'photo-novel' – has haunted generations of viewers and inspired writers, artists and film-makers. Its spiralling time-travel narrative has also influenced many other films, including the Terminator series and Terry Gilliam's Hollywood 'remake' Twelve Monkeys (1995).

Date: February 28, Tuesday
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University

NIGHT AND FOG

Dir. Alain Resnais
France | 1955 | B&W, Colour | 31 min | Documentary

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again.

Date: March 01, Wednesday
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University

5 BROKEN CAMERAS

Dir. Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Palestine | 2011 | Colour | 94 min | Documentary 

This is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over six years of village upheaval. He watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank.

Date: March 02, Thursday
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University

THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA

Dir. Manoel de Oliveira
Portugal | 2010 | Colour | 97 min | Drama

The Strange Case of Angelica is a magical tale of a young photographer who falls madly in love with a woman he can never have, except in his dreams. Late one night, Isaac is summoned by a wealthy family to take the last photograph of a young bride, Angelica, who mysteriously passed away. Arriving at their estate, Isaac is struck by Angelica's beauty. But when he looks through his lens, the young woman appears to come to life. From that moment, Isaac will be haunted by Angelica day and night.

Date: March 03, Friday
Time: 4 PM
Venue: Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University

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