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Youth Culture, Cheating Husbands, & Revolution at the Russian Film Week in New York


Featuring indie, popular, documentary and arthouse works, the Russian Film Week in New York presents a side of cinema not often seen today in the US. Running December 6 to the 13th at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street) the fest features a range of films, along with live Q&As with the directors.

"At a time when some want to highlight differences among us, we want the 2019 Russian Film Week in New York to be a bridge to unite people across the oceans," said founders and presenters Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis of The Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation. "We truly feel that artistry is a powerful force and can be the catalyst to show our commonalities."

Films include Acid, directed by Alexander Gorchilin, a silent manifesto of the generation of twenty-year-olds in search for life's meaning. Another Woman, directed by  Anna Parmas, in which a woman’s life spins out of control when she discovers her husband is having an affair. And the historical biopic, The Lenin Factor, directed by Vladimir Khotinenko, following Lenin’s rise as an immigrant to Zurich, to one of the most important figures of the 20th century.

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Russian Film Week in New York
December 6 - 13, 2019

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

"Rainbow Trout" & Daring Korean Cinema at Lincoln Center

Rainbow Trout

From November 22nd through December 4th, Film at Lincoln Center, in collaboration with Subway Cinema, will be sponsoring a timely retrospective called “Relentless Invention: New Korean Cinema, 1996–2003,” featuring many significant films, some presented in 35mm prints, including works by such important directors as Bong Joon Ho, Kim Jee-woon, Hong Sang-soo and Park Chan-wook, alongside many lesser-known titles.
One of these latter, Park Jong-won’s Rainbow Trout from 1999, is one of the major discoveries of the series, presented here in a terrific 35mm print. A story about a progressively harrowing weekend in the country spent by a group of urban visitors, the film displays a masterful command of mise-en-scène, with the director employing composition and editing with impressive psychological acuity, assisted by an extraordinary cast. The intensity of the film’s anatomizing of class dynamics and of the cynicism of petit-bourgeois morality suggests a disquieting pessimism worthy of Michael Haneke or Alfred Hitchcock (although lacking the latter’s affirmative, therapeutic theme, brilliantly explored by the critic Robin Wood). In light of this remarkable achievement, one hopes for an opportunity to see other works by this evidently under-appreciated filmmaker.
Rainbow Trout screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30pm and Friday, November 29th at 2:30pm.

NYC South Asian Film Fest: Crime, Cartoons, & Cinema

The inaugural New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF), runs November 15th to the 17th at the Altman Building (135 W 18th Street). The fest has set out to showcase features, documentaries and short films curated to engage, educate and inspire with films from South Asia.

The fest opens with the world premiere of Rohit Karn Batra's mafia family drama, Line of Descent, starring Abhay Deol and Brendan Fraser (both in attendance). The festival's centerpiece film on Saturday, November 16th is the New York premiere of Gitanjali Rao's animated Bollywood film Bombay Rose. The festival will close out its programming with the North American premiere of Tannishtha Chatterjee's directorial debut, Roam Rome Mein, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (both in attendance). 

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NYC South Asian Film Festival
November 15 - 17, 2019

Altman Building
135 W 18th St.
New York, NY 10011

South Asian Film Festival: Diaspora & Discovery

I Am Alone, So Are You…

Featuring South Asian/Indian film makers, the South Asian Film Festival returns with a new slate of films November 20 to the 24th. Held at the Village East Cinema (189 2nd Ave, NY, NY) the Festival is committed to exhibiting films from South Asia (i.e India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal) and within the Indian Diaspora.

One of the highlights of the fest is Jallikatu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery. Set in a remote village in the hill ranges of Kerala, Jallikatu unfolds during the course of a day and night as what starts with a butcher’s buffalo running away turns into ferocity, greed, lust, distrust and vengeance lurching below the surface erupting into the open. In the opening night film The Illegal, directed by Danish Renzu, in which an educated middle class kid from Daryganj, India comes to Los Angeles after getting accepted into a prestigious film school, but due to an unfortunate turn of events, he is forced into working illegally on his student visa in a restaurant in order to survive. In I Am Alone, So Are You…, from director Harish Vyas, a girl from Meerut and a boy from Chandigarh run away from their respective homes on their wedding day and bump into each other at a club in Delhi, setting them on a journey of self discovery. 

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South Asian Film Festival
November 20 - 24, 2019

Village East Cinema
189 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

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