Upcoming Programs

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Film for Thought: Wednesday, 27th September 17 at 6.30 pm, screening of In the Name of the Father at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 27th September ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘In the Name of the Father’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: In the Name of the Father (1993) Directed by: Jim Sheridan Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson Run Tim: 2 hrs 13 mins About the Film  With three-time Oscar Winner Daniel Day Lewis 's impending retirement, it's a good time to revisit one of his greatest performances as Gerry Conlon, the innocent (but not saintly) Irishman who was arrested and imprisoned along with his family for an IRA (Irish Republican Army) bombing he did not commit. The film is a timely and horrifying reminder of the witch-hunt mob mentality that grips all justice systems when an angry public seeks retribution for a heinous crime.  Nominated for 7 Oscars, the film is also a moving father-son story, as they overcome their damaged relationship to comfort and support each other through the crisis.  Based on a true story! TRIVIA: The film's soundtrack has original songs by Bono, Sinead O Connor and Gavin Friday SCREENING WILL START AT 6.30 PM  

Film for Thought: 20 Sep 17 at 6.00 pm Two back-to-back horror films at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 6.00 pm, Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will present a unique DOUBLE BILL – TWO BACK TO BACK HORROR FILMS, both centered on a Curse. We start off with the 1957 "Science v/s Superstition” horror classic, 'Curse of the Demon” starring Dana Andrews (Laura; The Best Years of our Lives) as John Holden, a skeptic psychologist in a race against time to remove the demonic curse placed on him by devil cult leader Karswell, who he threatens to expose. With its stark images and economy of storytelling, this 82 minute thriller reminds us of how understated horror used to be in the B&W age. Film: Curse of the Demon (1957)   (Black & White) Directed by: Jacques Tourneur Run-Time: 1 hr 22 mins  We then continue with the vibrant and energetic modern update of CURSE OF THE DEMON with horror master Sam Raimi’s under-rated and misunderstood `Drag Me To Hell‘(2009) Film: Drag Me To Hell (2009)   (Color) Directed by:  Sam Raimi Run-Time: 1 hr 36 mins On the surface it’s the same story as the 1957 film with upwardly mobile bank loan officer Christine (Alison Lohmann) trying to escape the curse placed on her by an old woman who she has evicted, but is the film really about that or is it about a young woman’s obsession with self-image as she tries to escape her bulimic past and her fear of eating disorders and weight gain?  The debate rages and though it is a distinctly modern horror film, full of shock jump scares and dark humour, the doomed character at its center whose fate we genuinely care about and its pessimistic subtext continue to fascinate, amuse and haunt. So join us this Wednesday to find out if John and Christine escape the curse of the demons or get dragged to hell. PLEASE NOTE:  This Wednesday’s screenings will begin at 6.00 pm sharp.  There will be a 10-min interval between the films.  

Sunaparanta's `Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016' by Sooni Taraporevala at The Whitworth, Manchester
Sooni Taraporevala, with whom Sunaparanta enjoys a lasting working relationship, enjoys her first UK solo show: Home in the City, Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016.  Curated by Sunaparanta Honorary Director, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, with patronage from Sunaparanta founders, Dattaraj Salgaocar and Dipti Salgaocar, the show commissioned by Dr. Maria Balshaw opened at the Whitworth on March 4th 2017 and will be on view till March 2018. The series of black and white photographs depict life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to 2016.  Capturing the city in which she grew, Sooni’s images, cutting across class and community lines are an insider’s affectionate view, exploring a metropolis, as its shape shifted over four decades.  These works are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly and its landscape. On 20th July 2017, Sooni Taraporevala gave a rare insight into her black-and-white photographs within the exhibition ‘Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016’ at The Whitworth, Manchester.

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Up The Down Stair Case' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 13th September ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Up The Down Stair Case’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery Film: Up The Down Stair Case (1967) Directed by: Robert Mulligan Starring: Sandy Dennis Run Time: 124 mins About the Film Directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird) and starring the Oscar winning (and under-rated ) Sandy Dennis,  this forgotten gem of the 60's is the story of an idealistic English teacher assigned to an overcrowded New York City public school filled with  troubled students. An ode to one of the most thankless and selfless jobs in the world, the film brutally captures the difficulties in educating young and distracted minds. Released in the same year as 'To Sir With Love' a far more celebrated (though slightly dated) film, UP THE DOWN STAIRCASE has aged better and still feels relevant. Based on the Bel Kaufman novel which spent 64 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 6th Sept. `17 at 6.30 pm, screening of French film `The Kid with a Bike' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 6th Sept. ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Kid with a Bike’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Directors: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne Cast: Cecile De France, Thomas Doret. Language: French with English subtitles Duration: 87 minutes About the Movie: A social realism film from the acclaimed Dardenne brothers, ‘The Kid with a Bike’ is a moving tale that follows the life of an 11-year old Belgian boy suddenly abandoned in a foster home by his single father. Troubled with rejection and unable to reach his errant father, he gets obsessed with the symbolic hope of finding his beloved bicycle when he happens to chance upon a kind-hearted local hairdresser who takes interest in his plight. Experiencing an emotional crisis, rage and facing moral dilemmas, he searches for trust and love.

E-invite for preview of Anurag Khanna's video art show `Longing' on Saturday, 2nd September 2017, 7 pm
Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to invite you to the preview of ‘Longing’ – a video art show from the collection of Anurag & Payal Khanna.  Curated by Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and with patronage from Dattaraj and Dipti Salgaocar, the show previews Saturday, 2nd September 2017, 7 pm. This unique museum level collection includes video art: Jewel, 2010 by Hassan Khan (Cairo, Egypt) Tomorrow Everything Will be Alright, 2010 by Akram Zaatari (Beirut, Lebanon) Alpsee, 1994 by Matthias Müller (Bielefeld/Cologne, Germany) Methodology, 2011 by Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, Uruguay) Venue: Sunaparanta–Goa, Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji Goa We would like you to join us for the opening night.

Film for Thought Wednesday, 23rd Aug 17, 6.30 pmScreening of North By Northwest at Sunaparanta
Film for Thought – Wednesday, 23rd Aug ’17, 6.30 pm – Screening of ‘North By Northwest’ at Sunaparanta This Wednesday, 23rd August ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of Alfred Hitchcock film ‘North By Northwest’ at Sunaparanta Indoor Gallery Film: North By Northwest (1959) Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock Written by: Ernest Lehman Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau Run Time: 2 hrs 16 mins About the Film  Probably the most entertaining "innocent man on the run" movie Hitchcock ever made, North By Northwest combines the best elements from all his pictures - trains, spies, double crosses, charismatic stars, beautiful blonde women,  witty dialogue, romance, sophisticated villains and great action setpieces  (the Crop duster and Mount Rushmore sequences are studied by film lovers even today) North By Northwest is an all-time classic and an absolute delight with Cary Grant at his charming best.  PLEASE NOTE: SEATING WILL BE ON FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE BASIS

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 16th August 2017 at 6.30 pm Screening of The Killing Fields at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 16th August 2017, at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Killing Fields’ at Sunaparanta Indoor gallery. Film: The Killing Fields (1984) Directed by: Roland Joffe Produced by: David Puttnam Written by: Bruce Robinson Cast: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands Run Time: 2 hrs 20 mins About the Film  "One of the most horrifying, thrilling and gut-wrenching films ever made", The Killing Fields is a masterpiece about the devastating toll of war, genocide and inhumanity on a poor nation's people seen through the true-life story of Sydney Schanberg, a correspondent for the New York Times and Dith Pran, his translator and friend as they navigate the harrowing 'killing fields' of Khmer-Rouge controlled Cambodia. This deeply moving true story of friendship, brutality and survival won three Oscars and is one of the milestones of 1980's cinema.

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 9th August 2017 at 6.30 pm Screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 9th August 2017, at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ at Sunaparanta Indoor gallery. Film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)  (Colour) Directed by: George Roy Hill Written by: William Goldman Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross Run Time: 1 hr 50 mins About the Film Paul Newman and Robert Redford are at their charismatic best as the legendary and lovable bank-robbers who manage to stay ahead of the law by avoiding confrontation and running away whenever trouble finds them.  Joining their ride is Katherine Ross (The Graduate) who loves them both equally. Funny, action-packed, moving and romantic, the film also features the classic Oscar winning song "Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head" photographed against the backdrop of one of cinema's most memorable bike rides. Conrad Hall's brilliant cinematography and William Goldman's script also took home Oscars. Trivia: The dynamic between the talkative Butch and the stoic Sundance was used as the model for Amitabh and Dharmendra's dynamic in the Indian film "Sholay".

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 at 6.30 pm Screening of Casablanca at Sunaparanta
World War 2 is the talking point with the release of Dunkirk…so this Wednesday, 2nd August ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta is proud to present ‘Casablanca’, perhaps the greatest Hollywood Studio movie ever made – at the Centre’s indoor gallery Film: Casablanca (1942) Starrring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid Run-Time: 102 mins About the Film Ric and Ilsa , the Blue Parrot, Major Strasser, Victor Laszlo, Captain Louis Renault,   Le Marseillaise,   Nazis, patriotism,  betrayal, loyalty, honor, love, some of  the greatest dialogue ever written - "Here's looking at you kid", "Play it Sam" (no one ever says Play it again Sam , a common misconception). Sparkling with wit and romance, welcome to the boozy, jazzy and smoke- infested world of war-time Casablanca with "vultures, vultures everywhere"