A New Film Club Comes to Bangalore

Published: 08th October 2014 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2014 06:05 AM   |  A+A-

Song-of-Sparrows

BANGALORE: The latest film club in the city, Tent Cinema Film Club, is all set to be inaugurated on October 12 at Nagathihalli School of Cinema, set up by popular film director Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar.

The film club will be inaugurated by director S K Bhagawan, and writer Vasudhendra. “The objective of Tent Cinema Film Club is to watch excellent films from all over the world, appreciate and analyse them along with well-known directors, writers and technicians from the industry,” says administration manager Ravi S.

The club will meet on the first and third Sunday of every month. “We will have about 20 films screened in a year,” he says.

The films will be a healthy mix of world cinema and the best of Indian regional cinema as well. To become a member of the film club, applicants must pay a fee of RS 8,000 and RS 5,000 for one-year and six-month memberships respectively. The inaugural film can be watched free of cost.

The first film to be screened this Sunday is the Iranian film Song of Sparrows, directed by Majid Majidi.  Championed at the Berlin International Film Festival and having bagged many awards at various other film festivals, especially for the film’s lead actor, Reza Naji, the 2008 film is a dogmatic spiritual fable.

The movie tells the story of Karim who lives with his wife, two daughters and a son, while he works on an ostrich farm. He  suddenly finds himself fired when he manages to lose an ostrich. The film follows the events that unfold, both for Karim and his family.

“Majid Majidi is one of our favorite Iranian film directors. All of his stories have a spiritual undertow to them and are rendered with great compassion and respect for human beings and their failings. Among those we have savored are Children of Heaven, The Color of Paradise, Baran and The Willow Tree. These films immerse us in the lives of their characters and show us the spiritual dimensions of everyday life,” a press release from the film club states.

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