BENGALURU: The third edition of the annual Avishkara Film Festival, on the theme ‘People caught in crossfire’, kicks off today at KLE Society’s International School Auditorium, Rajajinagar. The four-day festival will be on till November 9.
Since its inception in 2011, the Avishkara Film Society has engaged itself in building progressive socio-cultural movements in the society by screening world films every month, followed by engaging discussions, with an aim to strengthen human values and promote higher ideas and taste in the medium of films.
The inaugural film of the festival is Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux subtitled A Comedy of Murders, a satire on an urbane Parisian bank clerk who loses his career during the period of Great Depression and the means he devises to care for his wheelchair-bound wife and young son. The film will be screened this evening at 6 pm.
The theme, ‘People caught in crossfire’, has been chosen to mark the 100th year of the beginning of World War I, which saw the loss of 16 million lives. The film festival will also celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Charlie Chaplin.
The movies to be screened at the festival, two every day, range from classics from the thirties to those made in the last decade, and all revolve around the theme of conflict. While some are war films, there are also those like Maagiya Kaala and Namak Haram that look at psychological conflict. Each film will also be followed by discussions on the same.
The movies to be screened are as follows: Maagiya Kaala (Kannada) and Grapes of Wrath (English) on November 7, Namak Haram (Hindi) and All Quiet on the Western Front (English) on November 8; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (English) and Under The Bombs (Lebanese/Arabic) on November 9. Films will be screened at 2 pm and 6.30 pm respectively, on all days.
The festival will take place at KLE Society’s International School Auditorium, 2nd Block, Rajajinagar. Call 98444-37039 or 94490-01323 for passes.