Wednesday, October 7, 2015



Series opens with Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet on October 15 and includes India’s official Oscar entry, Court

Astoria, Queens, New York (October 7, 2015)—India produces more films annually than any other country, and there is a wide variety of work in numerous languages, beyond Bollywood spectacle. Museum of the Moving Image will present a new monthly series, India’s New Wave, to showcase new movies by some of the most exciting voices in contemporary Indian cinema today.

The first three titles in the series are Bombay Velvet,on October 15
a brilliant ode to American gangster films with 1960s jazz-era Bombay as the backdrop, co-edited by Scorsese’s long-time collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker, and directed by Anurag Kashyap, one of the pioneers of India’s independent cinema; The Crow’s Egg, on November 22, the debut feature from M. Manikandan, a Tamil filmmaker who presents an indelible portrait of urban life in southern India; and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, on December 13, India’s official entry for the Academy Awards, and a directorial debut that has been celebrated with top accolades at film festivals around the world.

“A new generation of Indian filmmakers has been featured in recent years in top film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Venice, and the Toronto International Film Festival,” said Christina Marouda, the Museum’s Deputy Director for Development and curator ofIndia’s New Wave. “
This new film series is the next step in the Museum’s recent presentation of Indian cinema and part of an initiative to reflect the diversity of the borough of Queens and the New York City area through expanded programming.”

In the past year, the Museum has presented
 tributes to the director Mani Ratnam, actor Om Puri, composer and musician A.R. Rahman, and actress and filmmaker Nandita Das.

The full schedule is included below. 
Tickets are $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students / $6 for children 6–12 / free for members at the Film Lover level and above). Order tickets online at

Major support for India’s New Wave has been provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of India in New York and Con Edison.

SCHEDULE FOR ‘INDIA’S NEW WAVE,’ OCTOBER–DECEMBER 2015 (AND ONGOING)Unless otherwise noted, screenings take place at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, New York. Tickets are $12 ($9 seniors and students / $6 children 3–12) and free for Museum members at the Film Lover level and above. Advance tickets are available online at Ticket purchase includes same-day admission to the Museum’s galleries.

Bombay VelvetTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7:00 P.M. Dir. Anurag Kashyap. 2015. 149 min. DCP. In Hindi with English subtitles. With Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, grandson of Hindi screen legend Raj Kapoor, and co-edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, who has won three Academy Awards for her work with Martin Scorsese, Bombay Velvet is a brilliant ode to American gangster films in the form of Bollywood spectacle. Steeped in the glamour and dangers of 1960s Bombay nightlife, the story follows Johnny Balraj, a small-time boxer-turned-club owner as he becomes drawn into an underworld of organized crime and its deceptions while trying to win the heart of jazz singer Rosie.
The Crow's EggSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 5:00 P.M.
Dir. M. Manikandan. 2014. 99 min. DCP. In Tamil with English subtitles. With Vignesh Ramesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh. Writer, director, and cinematographer M. Manikandan’s breakout debut feature is an indelible portrait of urban life in southern India. When a pizza parlor opens on the site of their old playground in Chennai, carefree and spirited slum kids Big Crow’s Egg and Little Crow’s Egg develop a newfound obsession to taste their first pie, and embark on a money-making adventure that draws in the entire city. “[A] breath of fresh air, not because it mimics Danny Boyle—it doesn't—but because this family film at last finds a way to shift the lens to an exuberantly Indian perspective” (Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival).

CourtSUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 5:00 P.M.
Dir. Chaitanya Tamhane. 2014. 116 min. DCP. In Marathi, Hindi, English, and Gujarati with English subtitles. With Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni. India's official entry for the Academy Awards, and winner of top accolades at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals for its inventively naturalistic style and for the brilliant performances by its largely non-professional cast, Court offers a scathing critique of the social injustices that result from India’s caste and legal system. When a 65-year-old folk singer and activist is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide, his trial quickly turns into an absurd tragicomic display of institutional indifference and incompetence. “Court is one of the strongest debut features in years” (Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice).
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Petit was the subject of ‘Man on Wire,’ directed by James Marsh (‘The Theory of Everything’) which won the Oscar for best documentary in 2008. 

‘The Walk’ captures what the documentary could not: close-ups of the walk itself. It catches this tiny figure walking sky-high on what looks like a thread as he undertakes his coup at daybreak. He then dares the police with impish confidence, keeping out of their reach by repeating the walk back and forth and embellishing it with risky balletic twists. Philippe was never really punished for breaking the law. The city and public could not but applaud him. His sentence was to demonstrate his wire walk for children in New York’s Central Park
The saga of the 24-year-old rebel is by itself an inspiring thriller. From childhood he had only one goal, to be the world’s most renowned aerial artist. For New Yorkers, his achievement is tinged with sadness as they gaze at the empty spaces once occupied by the towering city icons.

Critics believe that ‘The Walk’ may follow what happened to Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi.’ It opened the 2012 NYFF and went on to win four Oscars.

Lead actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt wins over the audience as a fresh-faced, willful youth clashing with his parents and the world to follow his impossible dream. When he sees a picture of the Twin Towers as an 18 year-old waiting in a dentist’s clinic, Phillipe knows what he must do: set a timeless record of high daring and fearless artistry. It takes him six years to realize his dream, overcoming hurdles till the very last minute to reach the film’s chilling climax.
The film follows him, starting from Ground Zero, getting the required gear and training and gathering the means and fellow conspirators to pull off his illegal tour de force. His mentor is the irascible Papa Rudy, manager of a circus troupe of trapeze / wire experts, played by Ben Kingsley mouthing a tricky European accent. French-Canadian Charlotte Le Bon co-stars as Annie Allix, Phillippe’s supportive girlfriend.

New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones, talking of the film’s surprises, says, “First of all, it plays like a classic heist movie in the tradition of 'The Asphalt Jungle' or 'Bob le flambeur.' But here it's not money that's stolen but access to the world's tallest buildings. It's also an astonishing re-creation of Lower Manhattan in the '70s. And then, it becomes something quite rare, rich, mysterious ...."

‘The Walk’ is pleasing family fare. It stays in awe of its protagonist. Blemishes in scripting are that the human aspects of his reckless nature or the consequences of his act are not developed. The film achieves its goal in providing a visual spectacle that keeps palms sweating in anticipation of a heroic feat.

The film was projected in New York in RealD 3D, which stoked IMAX-friendly, eye-popping visuals. All said and done, the film’s forte is that it is a human story of courage and audacity, traces of which lurk and challenge all of us.

There are critics, though, who bemoan the increasing importance being given to such wide-screen, technically advanced, crowd pleasing excesses, which threaten the more realistic work of independent filmmaking.

‘The Walk’ opens in India on Friday, October 9 .
Courtesy: - India's first independent on-line daily which was launched on January 27, 2014.reproducing Uma da Cunha's column from the first edition