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Film for Thought: 14th Nov 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Sting' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 14th November 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Sting’ at Sunaparanta amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Sting (1973)

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw

Run-Time: 2 hrs 3 mins

Robert Redford and Paul Newman bring their considerable charm and charisma to this delightful old-fashioned comedy about a pair of con-men who put “the sting” on big-time crime boss Robert Shaw. Re-teaming with director George Roy Hill after their classic pairing in ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’ and set in 1930s Chicago to the background of Scott Joplin’s ragtime musical compositions, `The Sting’ is one of the all-time great entertainments, the kind that we rarely see anymore.

Winner of 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, surprisingly this remains Redford’s only Oscar nomination (for acting) to date.


Ink Wash Painting Workshop with Trishna Patnaik - 17 Nov 2018 at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to present Ink Wash Painting Workshop with artist Trishna Patnaik on Saturday, 17th November 2018, 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Ink wash painting is originally from China and popularly known in Japan as Sumi-e.  Trishna Patnaik will guide the participants in using the technique of ink wash. Each participant will take away 2 paintings each on cartridge sheets.

Date:  17th November, 2018 (Saturday)

Timing:  3 to 6 pm

Age Group:  10 years and above

Take Away: 2 paintings on cartridge sheets (A4 size each)

Venue: Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts (outdoor lawns)

About Trishna Patnaik

Trishna Patnaik is a self-taught artist based in Mumbai and has been practising art for over 14 years and a full-time professional painter pursuing her passion to create and explore to the fullest.  She also conducts painting workshops across Mumbai and other metropolitan cities of India.

Limited seats! Registrations will be on first come first serve basis.

To register, please call on 2421311 or email us on info@sgcfa.org




Film for Thought: `The Wrong Man' Film Festival at Sunaparanta - 18th & 19th Sep 2018

How often is `the wrong man or woman’ arrested, convicted or lynched for a crime he/she did not commit?

Sunaparanta presents three films that explore the fallacies in police investigations, the trauma experienced by the innocent and their families, the suspension of rational thinking amidst the unquenchable thirst for revenge and the sheer element of luck and coincidence that stands between freedom and prison (or death)

Tuesday, 18th September 2018;   6.30 pm

Film: A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Starring: Meryl Streep and Sam Neill

Run-Time: 2 hrs

Meryl Streep gives one of her most under-rated and brilliant performances as an Australian mother who’s accused of killing her 9 week old baby. The film captures the media witch-hunt and trial by public opinion as rumours and suspicion convict a person even before they reach the courtroom.

This is based on the real-life story of Lindy Chamberlain.


Wednesday, 19th September 2018

6.00 pm

Film: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Directed by: William Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn

Run-Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Based on the Walter Van Tilburg Clark novel, Henry Fonda often cited this “drama about conscience” as the best film he had made. 

Two drifters passing through a sleepy town get caught up in the frenzy and mob fury surrounding the “guilt” of suspected cattle rustlers.

7.30 pm

Film: The Wrong Man (1956)          

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Anthony Quayle

Run-Time: 1 hr 45 mins

A harrowing account of the trauma of an innocent man accused and arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Hitchcock brutally examines the physical and emotional toll experienced by the accused and his wife as they grapple with shame, powerlessness and stress. The film was a failure on initial release because audiences expected “another suspense thriller” and were deeply disappointed that Hitchcock had made a “realistic drama”.  Today it is widely regarded as one of his best.  Based on a true story!


Film for Thought: 12th September 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Twilight Zone' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Twilight Zone’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Twilight Zone (1959-1961) – Black and White

Created by Rod Serling

Run-Time: 100 mins

Rod Serling’s classic 50’s B&W TV Series was a watershed and paved the way for a generation of filmmakers from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to modern filmmakers like Wes Craven and Jordan Peele who directed ‘Get Out’

Sunapranta will showcase 4 of the best standalone episodes of this mystery/sci-fi/supernatural series that get you excited, paranoid and questioning the reality of what you see. At the same time they have an underlying, subversive social commentary that was a watershed in television storytelling.

The 4 episodes (each 24 mins in duration) that will be featured are:

  • Mirror Image
  • The Monsters are due on Maple Street
  • Time Enough at Last
  • The Eye of the Beholder


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!