Four Interesting Films at Banner Fest on Thursday
Banner film festival is coming this week on Thursday with a pack of four movies from world cinema chosen by film scholar I Shanmughadas. Beginning with Andrzej Wajda’s ‘The Orchestra Conductor’ it will be followed by ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ (Peter Webber), ‘Hugo’ (Martin Scorsese) and ‘Kaos’ (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani).
Termed an ‘extremely elusive movie’, ‘The Orchestra Conductor’ tells the tale of a renowned symphony conductor who tries to revive an old love affair with the mother of a violinist who joins him for an ensemble. He finds the violinist daughter as a surrogate of her mother. The 1980 movie walked away with the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 30th Berlin International Film Festival.
The 2003 movie ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ was named after Johannes Vermeer’s noted painting of the same name. The film sketches Griet, the maid servant of the painter who in turn becomes the subject for the painting. The painter’s wife Catharina grows green with envy towards the maid and banishes her from the house for wearing her earring to pose for the painting. Griet, who leaves the house in shock, is in for a surprise.
‘Hugo’ is a 12-year-old boy taken care of by his widowed father, a museum worker, who teaches him things like repairing mechanical devices like automaton. Hugo loses his father, who gets killed in a museum fire, and goes under the care of his alcoholic uncle who shows little sentiment for the boy. Hugo continues the work on the automaton, taking insights from the notebook of his father and steals the required parts he can. Finally he is caught at the shop of a toy maker, who makes and sells mechanical toys.
‘Kaos’ has four short stories from Pirandello’s 15-volume series ‘Novelle per un anno’. The 1984 Italian movie is a compilation of L’altro Figlio (The Other Son), Mal di Luna (Moon Sickness), La Giara (The Jar) and Requiem.
The shows are at 9.30 am, 11.15 am, 2.30 pm and 4.45 pm.
To know more on the screening at Lenin Balavadi contact Banner Film Society at 9349931452.