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Film for Thought: 5th September 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Stalag 17' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Stalag 17’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Stalag 17 (1953)

Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Billy Wilder and Edwin Blum

Cast: William Holden, Robert Strauss, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger

Duration: 2 hrs

About the Film

William Holden shines in his Oscar winning performance as the amoral JJ Sefton, surviving in a German POW camp by making deals with the Nazi guards to secure minor privileges but is he the traitorous informer that his fellow inmates suspect him to be?

The lasting influence of Sefton can arguably be seen in 1993’s ‘Schindler’s List’, another World War 2 film about ‘the art of deal-making in tough situations’.


Film for Thought: 29th August 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of Hindi film `Bandit Queen' at Sunaparanta

Film club members please note, there will be no screening at Sunaparanta this Wednesday (22nd Aug ‘18), however, the following Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 6.30 p.m., Arvind Sivakumaran will host the screening of Hindi film ‘Bandit Queen’ at Sunaparanta

Film: Bandit Queen (1994) – Hindi with English subtitles

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Written by: Mala Sen

Cast: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Manoj Bajpayee

Duration: 2 hrs


About the Film 

In light of the general rise in atrocities towards women and girls, it would be a good time to revisit Shekhar Kapur’s groundbreaking film about the brutality of male violence towards women.  Seen through the prism of a dacoit film and based in part on the real life story of the legendary Phoolan Devi, Bandit Queen ushered in a new realism in Indian cinema in the 90’s.

Note: Screening only for 18 years and above


Film for Thought: `American Noir Festival' at Sunaparanta - 7th and 8th August 2018

What does the word American represent? Guns? Sex and violence? Sports? Easy money? Ultra-competitive capitalism?

Noir films on the other hand share an atmosphere of doom or pessimism, with "femme fatales" or duplicitous women searching for sexual and economic freedom in a world dominated by men.

Sunaparanta presents 3 films that capture the essence of “American Noir” presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

DAY 1: Tuesday, 7th August ’18

6.30 pm

Film: BODY HEAT (1981)

Run-Time: 1 hr 53 mins

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan 

The epitome of the steamy 80’s thriller and a loose update of 1944’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY, `Body Heat’ redefined the modern noir as seedy, lusty lawyer Ned Racine gets entangled with the sultry and married Matty Walker leading to a web of deceit and murder.  Elevated by John Barry’s memorable score, `Body Heat’ is often lauded as one of the great directorial debuts in modern movie history.

DAY 2: Wednesday, 8th August ’18

6.15 pm 

Film: THE SET-UP (1949) 

Run-Time: 1 hr 12 mins

Directed by: Robert Wise

7.40 pm


Film: GUN CRAZY (1950)  

Run-Time: 1 hr 26 mins

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

We start the double-bill with Robert Wise’s `The Set-Up’, with its brutal boxing arena populated by thugs, fixers, corrupt trainers, disillusioned wives and fatalist boxers trying to find a way out of their dreary lives.

We then continue after a short interval with `Gun Crazy’. Bart Tare loves guns but hates killing. His wife though will kill to improve their financial situation. The gun-toting couple goes on a bank robbing spree in this precursor to BONNIE AND CLYDE that dramatizes America’s obsession with guns.

All Screenings open to 18 years and above

Limited Seating on First-Come-First-Served basis


Film for Thought: 1st August 2018, 6.15 pm - Screening of `JFK' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 1st August 2018 at 6.15 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘JFK’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: JFK (1991)

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Original Score by: John Williams

Cast: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Bacon, Joe Pesci, Donald Sutherland

Run-Time: 2 hrs 57 mins

Who killed John F. Kennedy?  Was it the lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald or was there a larger conspiracy?

Oliver Stone’s paranoid murder-mystery thriller is a masterpiece of film-making that reminds us to question everything, examine every motivation and maintain the most important quality necessary in these “rush to judgement” times - DOUBT.

Winner of 2 Oscars, the film is based on the true story of New Orleans DA Jim Garrison.

NOTE: The screening will begin at 6.15 pm sharp and is for 18 years and above only

Also note, there will be a 10 min interval. 


Film for Thought: 25th July 2018, 6.30 pm-Screening of `Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 25th July 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Directed by: Peter Weir

Starring: Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany

Run-Time: 2 hrs 14 mins

Few films have managed to capture the perils of seafring ships and sea-battles like Peter Weir’s intimate epic set during the Napoleonic Wars of the 1800’s. Russell Crowe plays the stubborn English captain of the HMS Surprise leading his crew in the battle against the French.  Almost David Lean-like in his attention to detail, weather and nature, Weir never loses sight of the larger human story underneath the “adventures”.

The film is based on the novels by Patrick O’ Brian and nominated for 10 Oscars, Winner of 2.

Screening of documentary `Special Envoy' and photo exhibition at Sunaparanta, 18 July 2018

Sunaparanta in collaboration Lotus Film & TV Production (Goa), Real Ficção (Portugal) and Communicare present the screening of the documentary film ‘Special Envoy’ and a photo exhibition ‘Through My Lens’ on Wednesday, 18th July 2018.

5.30 pm - The photo exhibition ‘Through My Lens’ curated by Nalini Elvino de Sousa – puts together the photographs of the two cameramen, John Lino (Goa) and Emidio Josine (Mozambique), who worked in the production phase of `Special Envoy’

6.30 pm - Screening of the documentary ‘Special Envoy’, a film by Nalini Elvino de Sousa

Duration: 70 mins

The film is a tribute to the dauntless spirit of a Goan, Aquino de Braganza in Mozambique who played a key role in the freedom struggle of the colony.  The documentary brings to light the inspiring yet unknown mission of Aquino whose life is cut short in the Mozambican presidential plane crash in 1986.

Please join us for light refreshments at 6 pm

At Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji - Goa

For more details, please call on 2421311 or write to: info@sgcfa.org

Free and open to all!



Film for Thought: 11th July 2018, 6.15 pm - Screening of two Doppelganger thrillers at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 11th July 2018 at 6.15 pm, Sunaparanta will host Doppelganger Double – Two Thrillers with Twins and Doubles ‘The Dark Mirror’ and `Enemy’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

6.15 pm


Film: The Dark Mirror (1946)

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Olivia De Havilland and Olivia De Havilland

Co-Starring: Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell

Run-Time: 80 mins

About the Film:  Two sisters – twins…one is a murderess. But which one?

The film was groundbreaking for the way it seamlessly stitched together two Olivia de Havillands in the same frame in several shots, something fairly easy to do today but was very difficult in 1946.

7.45 pm


Film: Enemy (2013)

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal

Co-Starring: Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon

Run-Time: 88 mins

About the Film: Many consider this film bewildering. Others find it a surreal masterpiece steeped in metaphors. The jury may be out but most agree – it is an utterly compelling watch that leaves you with more questions than answers. The plot centers around history teacher Jake Gyllenhaal as he seeks out his look-alike who he notices in a movie.


There will be a 10-minute break between the films


Film for Thought: 4th July 2018, 6.15 pm - Screening of `A Star is Born' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 4th July 2018 at 6.15 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of A Star is Born at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: A Star is Born (1954)

Directed by: George Cukor

Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason and Jack Carson

Run-Time: 2 hrs 56 mins

About the Film 

Before the release of yet another modern version of this classic tale, it would be fitting to revisit the 1954 (and arguably) best version of the film about an alcoholic star who “discovers” a young singer and catapults her to fame even as he descends into self-destruction. The songs in this musical version are a cheerful counterpoint to the otherwise somber critique of Hollywood and success. Garland, Mason and Cukor felt that this was the best film they had ever made in their glittering careers, Cukor even stating that he’d like to be buried with a print of the film.

Kindly note once again, this screening will begin at 6.15 pm


Film for Thought: 27th June 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `School of Rock' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 27th June 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of School of Rock at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: School of Rock (2003)

Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack

Run-Time: 1 hr 47 mins

About the Film 

Linklater’s delightful, feel-good ode to rock music showcases Jack Black ‘s high energy performance as a failed rocker who’s forced to substitute as a teacher at a strict elementary school but is also an important reminder that sometimes seemingly worthless people branded as “losers” by society can make important contributions to children’s lives.  

Screening open to all ages!!  Rock On!


Film for Thought: 20th June 2018, 6.30 pm-Screening of `The Sunshine Boys' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 20th June 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of The Sunshine Boys at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Written by: Neil Simon

Starring: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin

Run-Time: 1 hr 50 mins

About the Film 

One of the funniest films ever made, The Sunshine Boys crackles with Neil Simon’s joke-a-minute dialogue but is also an insightful and touching study of the problems and fears of  lonely old people in the twilight of their careers and lives.

Winner of 1 Oscar (George Burns) Nominated for 4