6.00 pm Tea
6.30 pm Screening
(Polish with EST, 15 min, 1980)
Direction: Krzysztof Kieślowski
(Czech with EST, 75 min, 1965)
Direction: Ivan Passer
We begin 2016 at ‘Movies at the Museum’ with two films from East Europe.
Ivan Passer’s ‘Intimate Lighting’
(1965) is one of the most important films of the Czech New Wave. The film follows a professional symphony musician, Peter, who arrives in a small town to meet his friend, Bambas, who teaches music and performs at funerals. The events of the next few days unfold as subtle, semi-comic vignettes of the lives of the film’s characters in the village where,outwardly,nothing much happens.The two friends attempt to make music again and reflect on how differently their lives turned out.
The film was awarded the Youth Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
This film is paired with ‘Talking Heads’, (1980) a short film by the Polish master Krzysztof Kieślowski, who incidentally regarded ‘Intimate Lighting’ among the films that influenced him the most. In ‘Talking Heads’, the film maker asks people of different ages and backgrounds two simple questions: who they are and what they want from life. The subjects are arranged on order of their age, starting with a one year old, to a hundred year old woman. This film is among Kieślowski’s large repertoire of rarely screened short fiction and documentary films.
Indranil Bhattacharya, professor of screen studies, Film and Television Institute of India, Pune will introduce the films and be in conversation with the curators and the audience after the screening.
Launched on April 3rd 2015, 'Movies at the Museum' is a monthly screening programme, curated by filmmaker and cinematographer, Avijit Mukul Kishore, and architect and urban designer, Rohan Shivkumar. The programme includes films and videos made in different genres – documentary, fiction, animation and visual art. Film, art and academic practitioners are invited from time to time to engage in discussion on their work. The screenings are free and open to public