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Film for Thought: 10th Jan '18 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Eat Drink Man Woman' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 10th January ’18 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Eat Drink Man Woman’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwanese with English subtitles) – 1994

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: James Schamus, Ang Lee and Hui-Ling Wang

Cast: Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-Lien Wu, Kuei-Mei Yang, Sylvia Chang

Run Time: 2 hrs

About the Film

Ang Lee's (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) delightful comedy/drama about food and family is the story of widower Chef Chu who lives in Taipei with his three unmarried daughters. Centered around the ritual of an elaborate family dinner each Sunday, the film follows the love lives of the family members as they struggle with life's challenges, modernity in a rapidly changing Taiwan and each other.

So bring your appetites to Sunapranta this Wednesday, as the opening five minute cooking sequence is a visual feast.

TRIVIA : This film's deft handling of the bond between sisters got Ang Lee  the job to direct the similar themed "Sense and Sensibilty" a year later, that eventually  led to his prolific and Oscar winning Hollywood career.

The screening will be followed by a 12-min “Making of” featurette where Ang Lee discusses “Eat Drink Man Woman”


Film for Thought: 3rd Jan 18 at 6.30 pm, screening of The Prince of Tides at Sunaparanta

We are happy to announce our weekly film screenings from this coming week.  Members are kindly requested to note that Film Club membership renewal & new membership will begin from 2nd January 2018.  Kindly call the office for more details.

This Wednesday, 3rd January ’18 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Prince of Tides’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: The Prince of Tides (1991)

Directed by: Barbra Streisand

Cast: Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Blythe Danner

Run Time: 2 hrs 10 mins

About the Film:

Barbara Streisand is one of the giants of the American Cinema-an actress, singer, lyricist, director and a two-time Oscar winner. 

The Prince of Tides is her beautiful, under-rated directorial high point about loss, family, abuse, romance, suicide and grief. The story of the relationship between a damaged schoolteacher and his sister's psychiatrist, the film explores the difficulty of overcoming past traumas and embracing the beauty of life's ordinariness.

With James Newton Howard's moving music score and Nick Nolte's career defining performance as a man trying to find value in his seemingly empty life, "The Prince of Tides" inspires all of us as we grapple to find our place in the universe and make the best of whatever life and love has to offer.

This film is based on the novel by Pat Conroy and nominated for 7 Oscars


A Night of Carols with Nayantara & the Natal Singer on Sunday, 17 Dec '17, 6.30 pm at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts presents `A Night of Carols with The Natal Singers’ conducted by Nayantara de Lima Leitao, this Sunday, 17th December 2017, 6.30 pm onwards

Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim, open air amphitheatre

Kindly call us on 0832-2421311 or email info@sgcfa.org for more details

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Film for Thought: Wednesday, 6th December `17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Truman Show' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 6th December ’17, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Truman Show’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: The Truman Show (1998)

Directed by: Peter Weir

Written by: Andrew Niccol

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Natascha McElhone, Paul Giamatti

Run-Time: 97 mins

About the film 

What if you were the unwitting star of your own TV show? What if you became a prisoner and were not allowed to leave? In a world where everyone wants to be watched, what if there exists someone who doesn’t want to be watched?

These are the ideas explored in Peter Weir’s Orwellian and prophetic dark comedy-drama about the modern world with its 24/7 surveillance culture; a reality TV world where a star’s every moment is studied, analyzed and commented on.

Inspired by the paintings and postcards of Norman Rockwell with an outstanding musical score by Burkhard Dallwitz, `The Truman Show’ is a frightening and satirical look at our future where “larger forces” deny our basic freedoms of choice and exert total control over us for “our own good”.

This film was nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

`PRE-CODE' 1930's Hollywood Classics Festival at Sunaparanta - 22nd to 23rd November 2017
The stringent censorship code came into existence in Hollywood in mid-1934. Though the code was introduced in 1930, filmmakers dared to ignore and circumvent it. As a result, the films made between 1930 to 1933 were not shackled by the ridiculous puritanism imposed on future films and have a certain honesty and risqué quality (albeit executed with subtle gaiety) that seems modern, groundbreaking and liberated even by contemporary standards. Sunapranta presents 3 classics from this period; 3 forgotten gems that still inspire, amuse and move those lucky enough to discover them. The screenings will be presented by Arvind Sivakumaran Screening schedule is as below: 22nd November 2017;        6.30 pm   I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG (1932) Director: Mervyn LeRoy Starring: Paul Muni, GlendaFarrell, Helen Vinson Run-Time: 92 mins About the Film: Still powerful and hard-hitting after 84 years, Paul Muni shines as an innocent army veteran who is falsely convicted and forced to serve on inhuman chain gangs in slave like conditions in the American South.  The film poses hard questions about the nature and causes of criminality andthe complicity of institutions. This is one of the few films in history that actually sparked a controversial debate and led to social reform.  Based on a true story!   23rd November 2017 - ERNST LUBITSCH DOUBLE BILL 6.15 pm: TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932) Director: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall Run time:  83 mins About the film: This light-hearted and witty comedy of manners filled with unforgettable dialogue and sexual tension is a love triangle between a gentleman conman, his pickpocket girlfriend and the rich heiress they are trying to rob, but is also a sharp commentary on the economic depression and its impact on those with no option but to steal.   8.00 pm: DESIGN FOR LIVING (1933) Director: Ernst Lubitsch Starring: Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper, Frederic March Run-Time: 91 mins About the film: A love triangle between 3 free spirited artists, with the woman this time caught in the middle, but unlike modern love triangles she actually loves and shares a "platonic" (?) relationship with both men. Challenging the social mores of the time with its aversion to "stability" "financial security" and " fidelity", this urbane and sophisticated comedy-drama features one of the most widely discussed and controversial endings of all time. Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim, open air amphitheatre Kindly call us on 0832-2421311 or email us on info@sgcfa.org for more details ENTRY FREE & OPEN TO ALL!        

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 28 February 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, 15th Nov 17 at 6.30 pm Screening of Duel at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 15th November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Duel’ at Sunaparanta amphitheatre. Film: Duel  Directed By: Steven Spielberg Starring: Dennis Weaver Run Time: 85 mins Steven Spielberg's "Hitchcockian" debut film is an action-suspense masterpiece of economy and tension, full of his signature ideas and themes that would make him one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Mild-mannered businessman Dennis Weaver is stalked, threatened, haunted, and harassed by the mysterious and unseen driver of a greasy oil truck on a country road.  The entire film is one long chase sequence with Weaver trying to avoid death at the hands of a brutal, senseless, killing machine. The film has gone on to inspire several films like Spielberg's own "Jaws", "No Country For Old Men" and the recent Argentinian classic "Wild Tales". NOTE: (For those interested)  The screening will be followed by a 32 minute "making of" featurette, where Spielberg discusses the making of DUEL at length - its themes, the production process and the film's impact on his career.    

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 8th Nov `17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Whiplash' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 8th November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Whiplash’ at Sunaparanta amphitheatre. Film: Whiplash (2014) Directed by: Damien Chazelle Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Run Time: 1 hr 42 mins About the Film  What is the price of achieving greatness? Blood; Sweat; Toil and Tears?  Must one be brutal and lose his/her humanity and sacrifice everything in its pursuit? These are the tough questions posed by the exhilarating and mesmerizing `Whiplash’.  Damien Chazelle (who went on to win an Oscar for 'La La Land') explores the darker side of genius in this story of a brutal and savage teacher-student relationship at a cutthroat music school. Whiplash often plays like a suspense thriller full of brilliant jazz sequences and a goose bump inducing climax that is destined to be analyzed for decades to come. Winner of Three Oscars including Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor (Simmons).    

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 1st Nov '17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Sunset Boulevard' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 1st November ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: Sunset Boulevard (1950) Directed by: Billy Wilder Written by: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olson Run Time: 110 mins About the Film Billy Wilder's classic tale of a Hollywood screenwriter who "ends up in the swimming pool" of a fading"silent movie legend" is one of the most acidic, satiric and darkly comic commentaries on HOLLYWOOD, the delusion of stardom and the lowly place occupied by writers in the film firmament. Gloria Swanson shines as Norma Desmond who lives in her own dilapidated world of false grandeur and grandiose delusion. Winner of 3 Oscars including Best Writing, Story and Screenplay

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 25th Oct `17 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `Revolutionary Road' at Sunaparanta
This Wednesday, 25th October ’17 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of the film ‘Revolutionary Road’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery. Film: Revolutionary Road (2008) Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Duration: 1 hr 54 mins About the Film A moving story of a young couple whose once idealistic lives steadily disintegrates as they struggle to come to terms with personal problems that afflict them in 1950s suburban Connecticut. The film observes ideas regarding ambition, dreams, marriage and ideals of how to live one’s life.