Thursday, September 3, 2009

Live Action Film on September 4, 2009

This Friday we have three short films in the screening.

1. Le Ballon rouge (1956)
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Language: French
Runtime: 34 minutes

2. Primera Nieve
Director: Pablo Agüero
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 15 minutes

3. Kramashah
Director: Amit Dutta
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 22 minutes

Time: 9:30 pm
Venue: IDC Auditorium.


Le Ballon Rouge:
Le Ballon Rouge or the Red Balloon is a story of a child who finds a red balloon endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness. It won numerous awards after its release in 1956 including the Palme d'Or for the best short film and the Oscar for the best original screenplay.

The critical reception section of the wikipedia link  is a must read.


Washington post review of The Red Balloon:


Primera Nieve:

Pablo Agüero's "Primera Nieve" is a daring film inspired from one of his childhood events. A mother and a child find themselves trapped in an old broken down shack with a furious storm raging outside. The child's experience in the cold, wet night as his mother struggles to keep them warm is beyond what many of us can possibly imagine.

Primera Nieve won the Jury award for the best short film in Cannes '06.



A little child dreams... or rather hallucinates the history of his village and childhood. In his poetic narration the child builds a string of legends and myths.

Kramasha is a treat to both the ears and the eyes. In his most magnificient attempt Amit Dutta manages to make the viewer taste and smell everything in the film. On a personal note, I am in love with the film.


“Kramasha from India—a dazzling, virtuoso piece of mise en scene in 35-millimeter, full of uncanny imagery about the way the narrator imagines the past of his village and his family. Camera movements, compositions in depth, colors, editing, changes in focus: these are important parts of Dutta's technical arsenal, marshaled together to yield a highly suggestive synthesis of documentary and fiction in which the main preoccupation is a myth of origins.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader.

Kramasha is a film about storytelling, with narrative spun and their interconnections made visible. ….It’s
a leaner, more disciplined, and more elegant affair.
Olaf Moller, FILM COMMENT (Nov-Dec 2007)


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