Events

FRANCOPHONIE | POETRY READING OF QUEBEC POEMS

POETRY READING OF QUEBEC POEMS Les gens de mon pays by Gilles Vigneault Cantouque français dit du temps nouveau by Gérald Godin Neige by Anne Hébert As part of the Mois de la Francophonie, the Quebec Government Office in Mumbai organizes a reading of Quebec poems by two actors – one from Quebec and the other from India. The reading of the poems will be preceded by a brief history of contemporary Quebec theater. Among the poems to be read are “Les gens de mon pays” by ... Read More »

FRANCOPHONIE | QUEBEC PLAY SCREENING & DISCUSSION – La marche de Rama

La marche de Rama by Alexis Martin’s and Daniel Brière (90′) A screening of the audiovisual recording of Alexis Martin’s et Daniel Brière’s play La marche de Rama which is an adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Alexis Martin (Artistic Director of the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Montreal), Valavane Koumarane (Director of the Indianostrum Theatre, Pondicherry), Vasumathi Badrinathan (Professor at the Department of French, University of Mumbai), and Mohit Chandna (Professor at the Department of French, EFLU-Hyderabad). ... Read More »

FRANCOPHONIE | PLAY READING – Les oiseaux

Les Oiseaux by Aristophanes In this play, Aristophanes presents two citizens who are tired of the corruption in Athens and hence decide to leave the city and settle in the kingdom of birds. This ‘promised land’ lies between the land of men and Mount Olympus. Birds of all kinds on this land without worrying about their future and without any form of political organization. The two men wish to endow these birds with a political and economic force but will they succeed? Will they be ... Read More »

FRANCOPHONIE | QUEBEC CINEMA – Le goût d’un pays

Le goût d’un pays by Francis Legault (102′) Le goût d’un pays is a meeting between Gilles Vigneault and Fred Pellerin during maple syrup season. It is a choral documentary that tells about Québec through one of its most emblematic rituals. It is a hymn to maple syrup and to the people who produce it. In the clear and inspiring light of spring, a drop of sap pearls on the point of the blowpipe. The two poets pick it up and spin the metaphors. The maple ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – Lettre d’amour zoulou

Lettre d’amour zoulou by Ramadan Suleman (105’) In Johannesburg, two years after the first democratic elections, the journalist Thandeka lives with the ghosts of the past in his country. One day, an old lady turns up at the newspaper office and asks Thandeka to find her daughter’s killers. The two women engage in a difficult investigation that will reveal the ongoing clutches of apartheid. ♦ Trailer ♦ In partnership with Institut Français Read More »

AF @ DR. BHAU DAJI LAD MUSEUM – Delacroix, Hokusai & Courbet

  La liberté guidant le peuple / Liberty leading the people by Delacroix (1830) La Vague / The Wave by Hokusai (1831) Un enterrement à Ornans / A Burial at Ornans by Courbet (1851) La liberté guidant le peuple commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. La Vague is one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world and Un enterrement à Ornans marks a major turning point in 19th-century French art. Free entry In partnership ... Read More »

FRENCH ANIMATION @ PRITHVI – LES CONTES DE LA NUIT

Les contes de la nuit by Michel Ocelot (84′) “Tales of the Night” gives life to black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed backgrounds bursting with colour and kaleidoscopic patterns. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale from Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – L’effet aquatique

L’effet aquatique by Solveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget (83’) Samir falls madly in love with Agathe who is a lifeguard. To get closer to her, he decides to take swimming lessons. But the young woman quickly notices that he already knows how to swim and loses interest. As Agatha goes to Iceland to attend the International Congress of Lifeguards, Samir decides to follow her. ♦ Trailer ♦ In partnership with Institut Français Read More »

BONJOUR INDIA – Gathas : Songs my father taught me

ARIANA VAFADARI PRESENTS GATHAS : SONGS MY FATHER TAUGHT ME The Gathas are the prayers of Zoroastrianism, the monotheistic religion of Ancient Persia. These poems from philosopher and prophet Zarathustra date from about 3700 years. They are surprisingly modern, expressing the life, doubts and choices of a man. As there are no records of the way they were sung originnally, Franco-Iranian Ariana Vafadari composed every song according to radifs or oriental scales. It results in music that constantly vibrates between its Oriental ... Read More »

FRENCH CINEMA – Mercenaire

Mercenaire by Sacha Wolff (112’) Soane, a young Wallisian, braves the authority of his father and leaves everything behind to try his luck as a rugby player. French without being considered one, he is an eternal outsider. Soane thirsts for freedom and recognition – things he should have had by default. ♦ Trailer ♦ In partnership with Institut Français Read More »