Asia Pacific Screen Awards
The Asia Pacific Screen Awards partners with Confluence to bring to Brisbane audiences a diverse and intriguing cinema programme following the Australia India Business and Community Awards and will show the restored classic The River, the first film to have been shot in colour in India, and two films currently in competition for the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards: A Death in the Gunj and Lipstick Under My Burkha, along with the experimental documentary – Machines.
Official Trailer – A Death In The Gunj
Actress Konkona Sensharma’s directorial debut is a very nice effort. The film resists easy and conventional treatment of a family drama, demonstrating nuances related to class and family position. Features a very sensitive performance by the main actor Vikrant Massey
Synopsis: The story of a sensitive university student unraveling while on a week-long vacation with a crowd of cocksure relatives and family friends.
P.S. the ending is sad and heart breaking BUT this is overall a strong and heartfelt film
Official Trailer – Lipstick Under My Burkha
Promo – Machine
Director Rahul Jain presents an intimate, observantly portrayal of the rhythm of life and work in a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India. Moving through the corridors and bowels of the enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a journey to a place of dehumanising physical labor and intense hardship, provoking cause for thought about persistent pre-industrial working conditions and the huge divide between first world and developing countries.
Winner – Special Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography, Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva, World Cinema Documentary Competition, Sundance FF, 2017
Winner – FIPRESCI Prize, Human Values Award and Special Jury Award, International Competition, Thessaloniki International Documentary FF, 2017
Romo – The River (1951)
Directed by Jean Renoir, one of the greatest French filmmaker, The River is the first colour film ever shot in India, widely acknowledged as a humanistic masterpiece. Beautifully shot, this film features many authentic (almost documentary like but very lyrical) accounts of Indian life, art, ceremony, ritual, music and dance. The film embodies deep appreciation for an Indian girl’s humanity. It is one of the few Western productions that absolutely rejected the concept of stereotyping and orientalism.
Synopsis from IMDB: Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.
Screenings of October 14 will feature a special musical performance in between sessions.
The fact that the film was made by a French master will bring much thoughtful insights to the recent discourses on cross-cultural production
Indian master Satyajit Ray met Renoir while The River was in production and the experience has inspired him to become an indie filmmaker.