THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra
3 JULY 2016 – 18.00 The Cinema Museum- Kennington
A lunchtime mix-up leads to a romance by correspondence. Food and letters between a nearly retired number cruncher and a neglected wife that hits all the right tastebuds. The film set in Mumbai, revolves around a mistaken delivery by the Dabbawalas (lunchbox service), which leads to a liaison between a widower, Saajan, who’s about to retire and an unhappy housewife, Ila, as they start exchanging notes through the daily lunchbox. The director received more than 30 international awards!
Ritesh Batra Batra had a lucky start in his career with The Lunchbox, credited as the highest grossing foreign film in America, Europe and Australia. Most endearing is the delicacy with which writer-director Ritesh Batra reveals the hopes, sorrows, regrets and fears of everyday people without any sign of condescension or narrative trickery. Ritesh portrays a very Indian tale in its delicacy and humor — especially in the way it sweeps its characters up in a vast social grid that includes over-crowded trains and traffic jams, industrious workers and complicated marriages. Latest film to be released is The sense of an ending with Jim Broadbent.
An utterly entertaining and outrageous
27 May 2016- 19.00
Dulwich Constitutional Club
view of the city of Tehran as seen by a taxi driver and his passengers. Men and women, young and old, rich and poor, traditionalists and modernists, pirated video vendors, and advocates of human rights, in the passenger seat of the inexperienced driver, who’s actually the film director himself. Another touch of class from Panahi, a candid camera with a heart in the middle of Tehran. The film has been described as a love letter to cinema, filled with love for his art, his community, his country and his audience.
Jafar Panahi One of the most influential filmmakers in Iran. He’s been in prison many times for his beliefs and especially for his filmmaking. In 2011 while awaiting the result of an appeal, he made a documentary feature in the form of a video diary, This is not a film. It was smuggled out of Iran in a flash drive hidden inside a cake and shown at the Cannes Film Festival. His cinema has a neorealism quality, as Panahi says “humanitarian events interpreted in a poetic and artistic way”.
CAMPO GRANDE by Sandra Kogut
14 APRIL 2016 6.30pm Brixton East 1871- UK PREMIERE
Become intrigued and dazed by Brazil with the intense diversity and wide spread disparity of its borders. Throughout Campo Grande, Kogut reveals the many layers that make up Brazilian society. The film’s varied pacing reflects the internal worlds of its characters, as well as the multiple aspects of a city in transition, Rio de Janeiro.
When a little girl turns up on her doorstep, fifty-year-old Regina (Carla Ribas) is unsure what to do. Regina lives in Ipanema, one of Rio de Janeiro’s wealthier neighbourhoods, and the five-year-old Rayane (Rayane do Amaral) is clearly not from around here. She says her mother has told her to stay put until her return. Soon Rayane’s nine-year-old brother Ygor (Ygor Manoel) arrives too, and Regina wants to take the children directly to an orphanage, but she’s convinced by her teenage daughter to let them spend the night. The children are in awe of Regina’s enormous home, and as they huddle together to sleep, it becomes obvious that they have only each other to rely on. Regina decides to help them find their family — a plan that will bring her into contact with a world that she barely knew existed. Sandra Kogut Sandra Kogut is a Brazilian filmmaker (1965, Rio de Janeiro), whose works is a mix between documentary and narrative fiction. She first received international notice for her 1991 documentary Paralamas do Sucesso. Kogut has taught at renowned universities around the world and has worked for Brazilian and European broadcasters. Her debut feature film project was the multi award winning Mutum in 2007. She has emerged as one of the most distinctive cultural filmmakers at work today. Her films are by turns whimsical, lyrical, and finely ironic—lighthearted and playful, yet also momentous and serious.