The idea behind the festival of independent cinema is to establish a platform that devotes itself specifically and wholly to the cause of independent film production and exhibition in the country – the festival will not only be a screening platform, but also act as a conference, a convention and a platform for an elaborate discussion of the fundamentals involved in the independent film scene in the country as well as a gathering of the most important independent artists working throughout the capital and other parts of the country.
This will be achieved through film screenings, post-film discussions, elaborate program notes, performances by independent music artists, a talk by a representative from the most popular DIY technology available in the market and of course, through the participation of the audience – all in the relaxed yet engaging, intimate and yet wholly serious atmosphere provided by the venue of its organisation. This is the original premise upon which the second edition of Transmissions will be organised in November 2013 in New Delhi, India.
The second edition of Lightcube Film Society's annual festival of independent films runs from 14th to 18th November at the Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi.
Along with a formidable experimental film section entitled 'Inserts' curated by Rahee Punyashloka, the festival will also feature various excellent short features and features from around the world, student films, along with a section of classic independent titles. The festival will also host premieres of Natan, an acclaimed film by Paul Duane and David Cairns, along with The Unspeakable Act by Dan Sallit, which will close the festival. Accompanying these will be panel discussions, video sessions, lectures, post-film discussions and opportunities to purchase film literature, film criticism magazines, posters and other such.
November 14, 2013
Opening / 4:30 PM
23 Winters (2013) / Rajesh Jala / 31mins / 6:30 PM
A film set in reality, played by a real protagonist, Bota, who lives a surreal life. A forced refugee from Kashmir, Bota is schizophrenic. This film glimpses through his traumatic past which haunts his exiled present. Nonetheless, his hopes are unvanquished.
November 15, 2013
City of Photos (2005)/ Nishtha Jain / 59mins / 3 PM
City of Photos explores the little known ethos of neighborhood photo studios in Indian cities, discovering entire imaginary worlds in the smallest of spaces. Tiny, shabby studios that appear to be stuck in a time warp turn out to be places throbbing with energy. As full of surprises as the people who frequent these studios are the backdrops they enjoy posing against and the props they choose. These afford fascinating glimpses into individual fantasies and popular tastes.
Panel Discussion 1: The Various Meanings of Independence / 5 PM
Blames and Flames (2012) / Mohammedreza Farzad / 31mins / 5:30 PM
Iran’s 1978 Islamic revolution was closely associated with movie screens, cameras, and television images. At its outset, there were the arson attacks on more than 130 movie theatres, and the revolutionary events themselves were spontaneously recorded on film by the participants. Using only period footage, the filmmakers meditate upon the role of cinema, television, and film in society.
The Reluctant Bachelor (2013) / Mehdi Bagheri / 58mins / 6 PM
The filmmakers says to the viewer, ‘it is my brother's wedding and I have not attended his reception even though I am 30 years old and still living with my parents and am not on a speaking terms with my father. I have asked my friend, who is a filmmaker, to film the reception and especially my father. We did not have a bad life until my father went bankrupt and I blame him for our misfortune. This film is an occasion for me to revise my attitude toward every member of my family by talking to them.’
16th November 2013
Student shorts / 11 AM
Viva L’ Italia (1961) / Roberto Rossellini / 138mins / 12 PM
The film shows how Italy's historic national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi (embodied by Renzo Ricci) leads a military campaign known as Expedition of the Thousand in 1860 to conquer Sicily and Naples. When the Bourbon monarchy departs from Southern Italy, he supports Victor Emmanuel II of Italy who achieves a lasting unification under the aegis the House of Savoy.
Break / 2:30 PM
Once Upon a Time in Beirut (1994) / Jocelyn Saab / 87mins / 3 PM
A pseudo-documentary in memory of Beirut, partly composed of archive footage - comprised of both real and fictional material. The leitmotif is formed by two young women walking through present-day Beirut looking for the unknown city--Beirut before the war.
Panel Discussion 2: On New Asian Cinema / 5 PM
Employees Leaving the Lumiere Factory (2012) / Chaloemkiat Saeyong / 5:30 PM
Chitrasutram (2012) / Vipin Vijay / 102mins / 6 PM
A computer teacher, his black-magician grandfather and a female cyber-creature – a series of predestined rendezvous, both online and offline, over the shreds of mnemonic time and space, at the cleavages of various parlors of subculture – finally the narrative images of the computer screen are drained off from the colour and the texture, the images collapse down to a mere pulsating pixel, potentially to start another cycle of the story once again.
17th November 2013
Student Shorts / 11 AM
Allonsanfan (1974) / Paolo, Vittori Taviani / 115mins / 12 PM
An anarchist leader (Fulvio) wishes to retire, as he is old and tired. He tries to hide himself, but his friends find him and insist he carries on helping them.
Break / 2:30 PM
Wanda (1970) / Barbara Loden / 102mins / 3 PM
Wanda is a girl from a remote mining town, timidly searching for security and love in the big city. After several desultory and abusive relationships, Wanda is "saved" by Dennis (Michael Higgins), who turns out to be a petty crook. Stylistically, Wanda is spare, lean, and understated -- on every level.
Workshop on Digital Distribution / 5 PM
Riyaaz (2013) / Gurvinder Singh / 5:30 PM
Natan (2013) / Paul Duane & David Cairns / 66mins / 5:30 PM
Bernard Natan could be described as one of the fathers of French cinema. How did he come to be completely forgotten, especially so in France? How is it that the little attention paid to him centres on his alleged career as a pioneer and performer in early gay and BDSM porn? Why was Bernard Natan’s name erased from the history of cinema, despite the fact that he dominated the French film industry for much of the 20s and 30s? The film excavates an extraordinary tale that aims to rewrite the history of European cinema.
18th November 2013
Crazy Thunder Road (1980) / Sogo Ishii /95mins / 3 PM
Ekti Naadir Naam (2002) / Anup Singh / 90mins / 5 PM
The film focuses on a love story between a man and a woman crossing the river between Bangladesh and India - playing the roles of refugees, divine beings and literary and cinematic characters - to understand the mysteries of the events that led to the massacre of half a million people and forced ten million people to migrate across the newly established borders.
The Unspeakable Act (2013) / Dan Sallitt / 91mins / 7 PM
Convinced that she and her older brother Matthew share an unspoken pact that they belong to one another, emotionally stunted 17-year-old Jackie pushes the idea of an incestuous relationship as disinterested Matthew begins dating his first real girlfriend, and prepares to depart for college.
Experimental Film Section: Inserts
Rehearsals for Retirement/ Phil Solomon / 10 minutes
Sounding Glass / Sylvia Schedelbauer / 10 minutes
IFFK Signature / Vipin Vijay / 1 Minute
A Party Record Packed with Sex and Sadness / Bobby Abate / 11 Minutes
When the Dog God High / Sayak Shome / 1 minute
Dromosphere / Thorsten Fleisch / 10 minutes
One Roll in the Blackness / Chris Kennedy
Miss Candace Haligloss’ flickering halo / Fabio Scachhioli / 15 minutes
Passageways / kogonada, 2 minutes
Tokyo–Ebusu / Tomonari Nishikawa, 5 minutes
J. Werier / Rhayne Vermette /4 minutes
9214 / Takahiro Suzuki / 6 minutes