Radium Cinema: A Series of Midnight Horror Movies returns this week, for its second season.
The night has acquired in Delhi a radical, almost profound notoriety over the previous few years. Akin to its spiritual cousins from across the world - Dhaka, Cairo, Lahore, Sarajevo, Tehran; ancient cities in modern husks - the night in Delhi constitutes an unique paradox.The various residents of the city - its chief witnesses and the purveyors of its spirit - render themselves invisible, and yet, it is during the night when the city in itself becomes the most visible, in that, its truest, most primal self begins to emerge from behind the mask it adorns the rest of the day.
When the darkness of the night will begin to loom over the narrow, arterial bylanes of Hauz Khas Village on Friday, the 22nd, 8PM, Radium Cinema will begin to glow, again.
With Radium Cinema, Lightcube will engage with the legacy of midnight movie exhibition. It will contemplate the paradox of the night in Delhi: invisible people, and visible city - and attempt, in its capacity, to achieve a reverse. The cult horror films that will be screened at this series of films will exist to harness the city's sinister, nocturnal energy into an incredible, invisible force, while also providing for an outlet for the wanderers, those lost in the nighttime to gather, to become visible again - and if possible, to reclaim the streets.
22nd February / 8pm
REC / Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza / 2007
"REC" turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams -- which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.
This will be succeeded by similar, nighttime film screenings in March and April. The season will culminate with a festival of horror in the month of May; this will feature exhibitions, conversations and a general conjuring of the many ancient beings that roam the city.
More films in the series to be announced soon.