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36 Chowrangee Lane
(122mins)

Dir. Aparna Sen; English, Beta
This is the story of Violet Stoneham, an ageing Anglo-Indian schoolteacher who lives in a dingy apartment in Calcutta and teaches Shakespeare. A pair of young lovers walks into her life one Christmas morning and break up its well regulated pattern. Nandita and Samaresh are tired of sneaking kisses in taxis and start using her apartment as a meeting place. In the process, a warm and exciting relationship grows up between the young lovers and the old lady. This newfound friendship becomes paramount in the old teachers life. But the ephemeral excitement vanishes and an estranged Violet once again finds solace in her beloved Shakespeare. The film ends with her reciting aloud from King lear on a deserted winter night, with a stray dog as her only audience.

April 10th screening introduced by author Vijay Seshadree

Part of Masters of Indian Cinema
Indo-American Arts Council: www.iaac.us
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Antareen
(91mins)

Dir. Mrinal Sen; Bengali with English subtitles, Beta
A love story about a young writer in search of inspiration in an old country mansion, Antareen is a cinematic adoption of Sadat Hassan Manto's story. The young writer strikes up a telephonic relationship with an anonymous female caller. These conversations provide the writer with material for his fiction. In the end, the two protagonists meet each other in a train compartment

Part of Masters of Indian Cinema
Indo-American Arts Council: www.iaac.us

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NOTE: Masters of Indian Cinema ticket prices are: $15 regular admission; $10 for seniors, children, or IAAC Partner Organizations

Seemabhadha

(110mins)

Dir. Satyajit Ray; Bengali with English subtitles
Shyamalendu is a successful executive at a fan company where he is expecting a promotion shortly. His sister-in-law, Tutul comes to stay with them for a few days. But then crisis strikes in the form of agitation at the factory just before the shipment of a prestigious export order and Shyamalendu is held to blame. With the help of a shady labour officer, Shyamalendu averts the crisis by declaring a lock-out at the factory after staging a false riot. For his 'efficient' handling of the crisis, Shyamalendu is promoted and there is congratulations all around - except from Tutul, who has understood the vacuousness of Shyamalendu's world and has hated it. Shyamalendu is left successful and desolate - at the top.

April 14th screening introduced by filmmaker Ismail Merchant

Part of Masters of Indian Cinema
Indo-American Arts Council: www.iaac.us
*Must bring proof of membership to a Partner organization for PARTNER tickets purchased online to be honored*
NOTE: Masters of Indian Cinema ticket prices are: $15 regular admission; $10 for seniors, children, or IAAC Partner Organizations

 


 

 

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