Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Change screening timing in 'Force of Destiny'

18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival
October 20 - 27, 2016
Discovering India section  

Kindly note that the Tribute to Paul Cox's film 'Force of Destiny' will be screened NOT at 3.30 pm tomorrow October 26  but at 3.00 PM.  The venue remains the same PVR Phoenix Audi 2.

Screening of Paul Cox’s final film 
nspired by his memoir about his victorious battle with liver cancer

Force of Destiny

 Seema Biswas, Shahana Goswami, Dr Mohan Agashe 
and Australian star
 David Wenham

October 26, Wednesday, PVR Phoenix - Audi 2, 3:30 pm

The screening will be addressed by 
National Award winning director
 Anand Gandhi (Ship of Theseus), 
 Dr Samir Shah,
 Institute of Liver Disease, HPB Surgery and Transplant, Global Hospitals, Mumbai  

“The ‘inner voice’ of Force of Destiny and the chronological order, are from my recent book Tales From the Cancer Ward. The actual story was inspired by an experience I had in India years ago. Moods and scenes overlap, as distinctions between reality and fantasy blur...'Force of Destiny' has the potential to match any drama in terms of truth, anguish, humour and high emotion. Above all it is a love story and is my first feature film in this new phase of my life.” 

 Paul Cox

This life-celebrating story is about a sculptor who survives a liver transplant and falls in love. The film is also a cry for organ donation. Major portions of the film have been shot in Trivandrum, Kerala. 

Robert is a renowned sculptor who lives alone surrounded by the tools of his trade and his highly distinctive artworks. Robert is close to his daughter Poppy, but has an unresolved relationship with Hannah from whom he is separated. The family is stunned when Robert is diagnosed with cancer of the liver and six months to live. In the process of physical decline and mental turmoil, Robert meets Maya, an Indian marine biologist who comes from a different world, a different reality. Maya’s uncle also has cancer and is preparing for death by passing on his wisdom and knowledge with grace and acceptance. Against all the odds, Robert is put on the transplant list. New hope and future possibilities appear, deepening his planetary journey with Maya. In Robert’s last tumultuous months his nightmares and passion for Maya intensify. His love blossoms and he has to confront the agony/ecstasy of finding a love that has evaded him his entire life just as his body is about to be taken away from him.

Paul Cox, is an auteur of international acclaim. Born in Holland, he migrated to Australia in the mid 1960’s. Initially working as a still photographer and teaching at Prahran College, Paul has retained his love of photography whilst also becoming one of Australia’s most prolific and individualistic filmmakers. Paul Cox’s early films were impressionistic shorts and his early features, 'Lonely Hearts' (1981), 'Man of Flowers' (1983) and 'My First Wife' (1984) were highly acclaimed both locally and internationally. Over a 40 year career, the signature traits of Paul Cox’s work are a deep humanism, a poignant and realistic focus on relationships and a profound affinity with the arts, no more evident than inhis two stand-out documentaries: 'Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent van Gogh' (1987) and 'The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky' (2001).

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