Film Series

Mohile Parikh Centre for Contemporary Culture (MPC3), Bombay
March 25th - 27th , 2005

India and India as it is presented in film, Europe and Europe as it comes across in film: the Import Export film programme is set between these worlds, each influencing the other in the form of the real and the imaginary since the beginning of the 20th Century. As scenery, location and place of longing, India - in contrast to many other countries of the world - has inspired Western filmmakers from the time of the silent movies. Orientalist film images have shaped the collective psyche and perception of India in Europe. In Indian cinema, in turn, “the West“ has long played an important part: as romantic refuge for lovers, as cultural origin for moral decline and as source of inspiration for remakes à la Bollywood. The programme shows a choice of classics, cult films and an archeological excavation in the form of documentary film. In addition, the three film-essays produced in the context of Import Export will be premiered: “From here to here” by Madhusree Dutta and Philip Scheffner, “The Animal next to us” by Michael Woergoetter and “Star Biz” by Merle Kroeger and Dorothee Wenner.
Each film will be preceded by an introduction drawing on special aspects of mutual perception.
The programme has been curated by Dorothee Wenner, Merle Kroeger and Hansa Thapliyal.


FRIDAY, 25.03.2005

7.00 pm Film lecture
“The Eschnapur Heritage[more/mehr]
by Meenakshi Shedde, Bombay and Vinzenz Hediger, Berlin

8.30 pm “Star Biz” [more/mehr]
by Merle Kroeger and Dorothee Wenner, Germany 2005, 85 min.
Discussion with the filmmakers.

SATURDAY, 26.03.2005

2.00 pm “Prem Sanyas / The Light of Asia” [more/mehr]
by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai, India/ Germany 1925, 35 mm, silent, b&w, English intertitles, 96 min

3.50 pm “Wanted! A Patriot. The Way of Subhas Chandra Bose” [more/mehr]
by Navina Sundaram Germany 1971, English subtitles, 44 min
Discussion with the filmmaker

4.45 pm “The Animal Next to us” [more/mehr]
by Michael Woergoetter, India/Europe 2005, 70 min
Discussion with the filmmaker

6.30 pm “From Here to Here” [more/mehr]
by Madhusree Dutta and Philip Scheffner, India/Germany 2005, Video, 45 min
Discussion with the filmmakers

7.45 pm “Purab aur Pachhim / East and West” [more/mehr]
by Manoj Kumar, India 1970, b/w + col, original format: 35mm (due to non-existence of a subtitled filmprint, this film will be shown as English subtitled DVD), 187 min

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