A series of horror films set in the city, about the city, forged largely from the perspective of the casual visitor, the immigrant character or the tourist – centrally, an outsider. The series will attempt to construct a narrative of essential modernity – of industries, apartment complexes, institution premises, office campuses, landfills – which automatically, in their wake, elicit both confusion and terror for our new entrant protagonist, uninitiated as he is in the methods of this entirely new arrangement: the modern city
With ‘Horror in the Bylanes’, Lightcube and Greenr hosted a set of films that imagined the city as a location with a past that it often buries deep in the foundations of its offices, residential premises, transport stations and places of worship, but whose residue boils to the surface on a daily basis, becomes vaporous stench and lingers as a thick, moving cloud that looms over the city.
June 29, 2016
M / Joseph Losey / 88’ / 1950 / 7 PM
In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children. The film is acknowledged as one of the first to employ actual locations in the city of Los Angeles to create its regime of terror and paranoia.
July 6, 2016
Eyes Without a Face / Georges Franju / 90’ / 1960 / 7 PM
After causing an accident that left his daughter Christiane severely disfigured, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Génessier works tirelessly to give the girl a new face. He does so however by kidnapping young women and attempting face transplants. He has been woefully unsuccessful to date. The doctor's world begins to collapse around him when his daughter realizes just what he has been doing Video Introduction: Sudarshan Ramani, Editor, Projectorhead.
July 13, 2016
Neighbouring Sounds / Kleber Mendonca Filho / 131’ / 2012 / 7 PM
Life in a middle-class neighborhood in present day Recife, Brazil, takes an unexpected turn after the arrival of an independent private security firm. The presence of these men brings a sense of safety and a good deal of anxiety to a culture which runs on fear. Meanwhile, Bia, married and mother of two, must find a way to deal with the constant barking and howling of her neighbor's dog. A slice of 'Braziliana', a reflection on history, violence and noise.
July 20, 2016
Jagte Raho / Amit Mitra, Sombhu Mitra / 153’ / 1956 / 7 PM
In hopes of improving his lifestyle, a poor peasant re-locates to Bombay virtually penniless. It is late at night and he is thirsty, and he is unable to find water anywhere. A singing drunk offers him money to buy some alcohol, but the money is snatched away by a taxi-driver. In desperation, the peasant attempts to drink from a fire hydrant, but is stopped by a Police Constable. Then he sneaks into a multi-storied apartment complex, and is mistaken for a thief. The entire building, which consists of over 200 units, housing nearly a 1000 people, set out to hunt him down.
July 27, 2016
The Face of Another / Hiroshi Teshigahara / 124’ / 1966 / 7 PM
A businessman facially scarred in a laboratory fire receives psychotherapy from a psychiatrist, and obtains an amazingly lifelike mask from the doctor. Soon after being fitted for the mask, he seduces his wife and succeeds. But his wife claims she was aware all along who he was and believed that both were just masquerading together as most couples usually do in different ways. Strangely enough, his personality seemingly begins to change after he puts on the mask as if the mask has influenced his personality. Introduction: A Reader on Kobo Abe.
August 3, 2016
Sthaniya Sambaad / Moinak Biswas, Arjun Gourisariya / 105’ / 2009 / 7 PM
Situated on the southern fringes of Calcutta, the bustling, sunny Deshbandhu colony, a settlement of refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), has a lot going on. In the evening market, two thieves swoop on Ananya's long plait and chop it away. Atin, the dreamy poet and Ananya’s secret admirer, is worried as he does not find her the next day. He seems oblivious of the fact that his home is facing demolition. 10th August, ‘16 7 PM The Tenant / Roman Polanski, 126’, 1976 In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge (Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trelkovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trelkovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide.
August 17, 2016
Robinson in Space / Patrick Keiller / 88’ / 1997 / 7 PM
Robinson is commissioned to investigate the unspecified "problem of England." The narrator describes his seven excursions, with the unseen Robinson, around the country. They mainly concentrate on ports, power stations, prisons, and manufacturing plants, but they also bring in various literary connections, as well as a few conventional landscapes. Session: Sound on Film.
August 24, 2016
A History of Fear / Benjamin Naishtat / 79’ / 2014 / 7 PM
A hot summer. A private district with an enormous park. An abandoned plot of land in the suburbs and an uncontrollable wave of smoke spark uncertainty and chaos. 31st August, ‘16 7 PM The Host / Joon-Ho Bong, 120’, 2006 A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.
7th September, 2016
Manhatta / Charles Sheeler, Paul Strand / 11’ /1921 / 7 PM
New York, N.Y. / Raymond Depardon / 14’ / 1986 / 7:15 PM
Lost Book Found / Jem Cohen / 35’ / 1995 / 7:30 PM
The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives. Session: Reading of ‘20th Century’, Verso Books.
August 12, 2016
A special screening of the final piece of Roman Polanski's 'Apartment Horror Trilogy', 'The Tenant' (1976)
In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge(Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trelkovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trelkovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide.