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Pinhole Sessions

Jun. 18 - Jul. 18, 2013

Description

Lightcube Film Society at Ziro Cafe, Hauz Khas Village present the inaugural screenings of their short film club, Pinhole Sessions. The idea of the short film is one borne out of convenience. Films of a shorter duration are as old as cinema itself (in the early days, these films were called two-reelers) – but this fact owes itself to the early, nascent and experimental phase of cinema: when people who had conceived the medium had no real idea of what to do with it. Apprehensive as humans are with each new form, the first films were as much creative endeavours as they were simple tests conducted as if by scientists. As experiments go, therefore, these films were short and meant, essentially, to verify a result of validate a thesis. There was also a technical circumstance: film magazines didn’t run long (usually, 760 frames or close to a minute) and therefore, films just had to be short. Other factors like still-developing popular interest and the absence of an organised industry meant that early cinema was used, if ever, to either experiment or as brief, passing entertainment. Cinema pioneers then discovered the possibility of a narrative – the idea that a film can also tell a story. Films got longer, funding came in, directors more ambitious, cast larger and plots more elaborate. But cinema’s history, as it often is, tends to traverse a circular path – we always return to an earlier point. With the introduction of the digital cinema, cinema has entered an exciting phase of experimentation, where young filmmakers, equipped with the conveniences of video editing and image manipulation software, are attempting to locate new meanings, a new idiom and a new set of images, all of which weren’t visible to the world earlier. The idea behind Pinhole Sessions precisely to acknowledge and admire this ambition as well as to render in full view the historical lineage and relevance of the short film throughout the history of cinema.

 

SCHEDULE
IT MIGHT GET LOUD / DAVIS GUGGENHEIM / 2008 / ZIRO CAFE / 7 PM
FEBRUARY 7, 2013


After directing Al Gore in the pro ecological eye opener,'An Inconvenient Truth', Davis Guggenheim next undertook his next project, a summit of three guitar players, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin,The Yardbirds, etc.),The Edge (U2),and Jack White (The White Stripes) to see what would happen to three generations of musicians if you put them together in a room with their guitars, records,etc. The results turn out as 'It Might Get Loud',an exploration of the evolution of the electric guitar (and sometimes the acoustic guitar,too). Guggenheim lovingly turns his camera on not just that summit, where the three conversed,as well as played their collective hearts out,but a brief time line on the three men who made the guitar their lives. Scores of film & video clips of performances of all three grace this very well produced love letter to the guitar. - IMDb

 

DONT LOOK BACK / 1967 / D.A. PENNEBAKER / ZIRO CAFE/ 7 PM
February 21,2013


Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan, 23, a pixyish troubador, spends three weeks in England. Pennebaker's camera follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence of Dylan holding up words to the soundtrack's "Subterranean Homesick Blues,"Dylan is playful and enigmatic. - IMDb

 
BOM / 2011 / AMLAN DUTTA / ZIRO CAFE / 7 PM
MARCH 14, 2013


Hidden in the mountains of the Himalayas, Malana was like a lost world. A reticent community fostering a primitive existence in harmony with nature and harbouring their own unique model of democracy of consensus where they do select and not elect! They have also been producing some of the best quality hashish.
A real life story of transition; an ancient civilization being invaded and obliterated by the modern democracy. Narrated in an epic structure, a visual essay from the edge of the world with a universal message of trust, peace and eternal unity


A DROP OF SUNSHINE / 2011 / APARNA SANYAL
JUNE 13, 2013 / 7 PM


Schizophrenia. It may be one word, but it immediately conjures up multiple connotations. Mad. Incurable. Violent. Suicidal. Chemical imbalances. Crazy. A lifelong condition. Inevitable dependency on Medicines. Dark. Terrible. 'A Drop of Sunshine' challenges these notions. It questions the mainstream view of the condition and seeks alternate ways of recovering from it. - Anonymous (IMDB)

 


NOVA EVA / 2010 / GUILLAUME MARTINEZ
JUNE 13, 2013 / 8PM


Guillaume Martinez's newest mid-length film "Nova Eva" is a very interesting film. Lasting just a bit over a half an hour, it makes its place alongside films like Primer (2004) in the new wave of science fiction cinema. Legendary French actress Edith Scob stars as the pivotal lead, professor Eda Baykan in a very commendable performance. The underlying theme of the film is the concept of birth. Human beings evolved from simpler forms because of evolution and we are in the process of it as we speak. We often find the newest generation is faster and more intelligent that we were during our childhood. Director Martinez cleverly places the film in the near future and has a lot of shots featuring children playing in a playground. There is a great shot of a few children playing on a circular slide which could be a metaphor for the various "loops" that the programmers talk about and also for the "circle of life" theory. One can wonder that these children of the information age have never probably experienced activities like taking notes by hand or typing their own emails and that is where the point of the film lies. - Gautam Valluri (IMDB)

 

GERM / 2009 / SNEHAL NAIR 
JULY 4, 2013 / 7PM


Germ is a story of a filmmaker in search of a visual story, exploring what we have built on the land we live on and what previously existed. Some found passport size photographs inspire the filmmaker for this story of the visual journey.- Filmmaker's Note

 

THE RED BALLOON / 1956 / ALBERT LAMORISSE 
JULY 4, 2013 / 7:40 PM


A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.- IMDB

 

THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE AIR / 2011 / IRAM GHUFRAN
JULY 18, 2013 / 7 PM


There Is Something In The Air is a call from the periphery of sanity. This documentary is a series of dream narratives, and accounts of spiritual possession as experienced by women ‘petitioners’ at the shrine of a Sufi saint in north India. Drama unfolds via dreams, and appearances of djinns and disappearances of women. The shrine becomes a space of expressions of longing and transgression. The film invites the viewer to a world of dream and fantasy. Fear and desire is experienced through dreams and ‘afflictions of air’. The shrine is a space where performance becomes the only rule of engagement, and one can begin to think of the possibilities that ‘insanity’ produces.- Filmmaker's Synopsis

 



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Ziro Cafe

24/3, Hauz Khas Village
New Delhi, Delhi 110016
India



Open To: Everyone