THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:It’s the turn of cinematographer Sunny Joseph to choose his favourites from world cinema for the upcoming Banner Film Festival this Sunday.
Auteur Ritwik Ghatak’s ‘Ajantrik’, released in 1958 by the film-maker who was famous for bringing out reel versions of reality on silver screen, will have honour of opening the festival. The movie is a comedy-drama film portraying an inanimate object, an automobile, as a central character’ which was released in 1958.
The film is an adapted version of the novel of the same name, penned by Subodh Ghosh. The plot revolves around the life of taxi-driver Bimal, who hails from a small provincial town. All he has to claim as his own is his taxi, an old Chevrolet jalopy which he calls Jagaddal.
The second film which will be screened is ‘Cries and Whispers’ by Ingmar Bergman, which depicts the near-death days of a cancer-afflicted Agnes. Her sisters Maria and Karin return to the family home to comfort the ailing Agnes. But these two women are poles apart and are constantly dealing with the fear Agnes’ death may bring out. The film is characterised by flashbacks that visit the characters’ lives and their memories, plodding the personality of each woman to their childhood, they spent together.
‘Dolls’ by Takeshi Kitano is a non-crime endeavour from the director’s film oeuvre, where he oes not act, unlike in his other films. It has three primary sets of characters with distinct stories; two young men and another, an aged man. These stories do have some incidental visual-cross over with each other, retaining the element of being distinct.
The winding up movie ‘Le Quattro Volte’ is sure to test the viewers’ endurance level for 88 minutes for it runs sans any dialogue. Here director Michelangelo Frammartino tells the story in four phases, or turns following Pythagoras. He claims to have lived four lives and the ‘phases’ skip from one after another on his notion of metempsychosis.
The screening will be held at Lenin Balavadi behind Tagore theatre in Vazhuthacaud. It is organised by Banner Film Society.