Cinema : Tribute to Resnais

As part of the tribute to Resnais, the Alliance Française will screening some of his movies Introduction by Rafique Baghdadi (film critic and feature writer in India) Guernica ,  by Alain Resnais (13’) Resnais comments on Picasso’s painting “Guernica”. Nuit et brouillard, by Alain Resnais (32’) The history of Nazi Germany’s death camps, of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. In partnership with Institut Français in India Read More »

Vikalp – 3 short movies

Moi Marjani, by Anubhuti Kashyap (18’)                                        Love comes calling in Patiala. Mona is single mom in small-town India, who decides to take a risk with online-love. And though distance makes the heart fonder, what happens when a fling on the internet turns up at your doorstep? And especially if the timing doesn’t seem exactly fortunate?! Hakim Tartoosi’s Potency oil, by Sarnath Banerjee (21’)           An uninhibited caricature of middle-class sexual anxieties, ... Read More »

Tribute to Resnais : Stavisky

Tribute to Alain Resnais – Resnais in Mumbai Considered as a figurehead of French Cinema, Alain Resnais was a French film director whose career extended over more than six decades. He began making feature films in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima mon amour (1959).  The movie is perceived as a pivotal work in French Cinema due to its boldness, its modernity and the storyline. In later films, Resnais moved away from overtly political topics of ... Read More »

Art thursday : Cinema

On the occasion of Art Thursday, Alliance Française de Bombay and Sakshi Gallery will present a tribute to Alain Resnais. Les statues meurent aussi, by Alain Resnais (30’) The film exhibits a series of sculptures, masks and other traditional art from Sub-Saharan Africa, and focuses on the perception of African sculptures from a historical and contemporary European perspective. Toute la mémoire du monde  by Alain Resnais  (21’) This documentary explores the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. Resnais introduces the library as ... Read More »

Cinema : De bon matin

De bon matin ,  by Jean-Marc Moutout (91’) Monday morning. Paul Wertret, 50, heads off to his job as a manager at the International Credit and Trade Bank. He arrives at 8 o’clock on the dot, as usual. He enters a meeting room, takes out a gun and kills two of his bosses. Then he locks himself in his office. As he waits for the inevitable police assault, this ordinary man looks back over his life and the events that ... Read More »

Dance / Hip Hop: Récital


Danses Dialogues Festival : Récital Récital is a unheard mixture of hip-hop, violins and a talk box. A strange dialogue for seven dancers and a musician. Performed more than 500 times all over the world, this creation instantly brought worldwide fame to the Compagnie Käfig. On the occasion of Danses Dialogues, the Indo-French Festival of Contemporary Dance, the choregraph Mourad Merzouki will present his second adaptation of Récital with eight young Indian dancers from The Danceworx Repertory Company. Credits: Adaptation ... Read More »

Documentary : Gulabi Gang

Gulabi Gang, by Nishtha Jain (96’) Enter the badlands of Bundelkhand in central India and you have entered a place of desolation, dust and despair. And yet it is hope that we discover as we follow the pink sari-clad women of Gulabi Gang. They travel long distances to wrest justice for women and Dalits, undeterred by sneering policemen and condescending bureaucrats. Sampat Pal, their leader is a rough-and-tough woman with a commanding personality. The gang encounters resistance everywhere – whole ... Read More »

Cinema : Hiroshima mon amour

From literature to film @ Prithvi Hiroshima mon amour, by Alain Resnais (92’) Written by the famous playwright Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour is the story of a French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima and her affair with a married Japanese architect. The movie is the documentation of their intensely personal conversation about memory and forgetfulness. It was a major catalyst for the Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave), making highly innovative use of miniature flashbacks to create a uniquely nonlinear storyline. In partnership ... Read More »

Conversation: Parallels between French and Indian directors

Parallels between French and Indian film directors by Jeffrey Goldberg Auteur theory is the idea that one individual is responsible for the entire creative vision and style of a film. This theory came to the forefront of film theory in the late 1950’s when Francois Truffaut and his colleagues at the Cahiers du Cinema, starting writing about authorial intent in filmmaking. They attributed this leading role to the director of the film. Jeffrey Goldberg will analyze and compare the work ... Read More »

Cinema : Queen of Montreuil

Queen of Montreuil, by Solveig Anspach (87’) It’s the beginning of summer and Agathe is back home to Montreuil. She has to get back to her work as a director but also to mourn her husband who died suddenly. It would be easier if she knew what to do with his ashes! The unexpected arrival at her home of an Icelandic couple, a sea lion and her always desired but never completely conquered neighbour will give her the authority to ... Read More »