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Screening of films CHILD as Rebel and Ambivalence

July 17, 2017

National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru in collaboration with Bangalore Film Society is organising Screening of films CHILD as Rebel and Ambivalence.

The​ screening of films at the NGMA ​B ​ continue with our focus on children in cinema. This ​screening present child as rebel, ambivalence and at times resilient. Children are everywhere in films – the child ​ ​ as a figure, an idea, image, narrative – a contested site of symbolism, romanticisation and controversy. The child is an ambivalent figure flitting between endurance and despair, vulnerability and violence.

​These films examine the world from the child’s perspective. Here we see children who are dealing with serious crises like death, poverty, war and oppression. The films offer unique insights into these young minds who are witnessing and at the receiving end of such harsh realities.

​Tuesday 18th July 2017 ​
Directed by Robert Bresson / France / 1967 / 78 minutes

“Tragic” is the only word I could come up with to describe the life of Mouchette (Nadine Nortier). Unloved by her parents and tormented by her classmates, Mouchette trudges through life with tattered clothes, a blank stare, and defiant resilience. When a local game hunter rapes her, Mouchette becomes the victim of a series of vicious rumours, and must endure another layer of oppression and angst.

Bresson followed up his highly acclaimed Au hazard Balthazar with this bleak portrait of existential, metaphysical, and transcendental crises. Mouchette’s life is horrible, and her fleeting moments of happiness result in pain and agony. When she makes the decision to end her life, you can’t help but support her. There really is nothing left for her in her small town, except more pain and suffering.


​Wednesday​ 1​9th July 2017
The 400 Blows
Directed by François Truffaut / France / 1959 / 99 minutes

Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a rebellious child who cannot conform to societal expectations. He is terrible in class, acts out against his parents, and steals whenever possible. His behavior takes a toll on his parents, and he is eventually thrown into a juvenile detention center, where he faces an unknown future.

Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical film helped launch the French New Wave, creating an iconic character whose perspective was unique in international cinema. Doinel is not a bad character, but similar to Truffaut’s own childhood, he is misunderstood. Truffaut created an intriguing character, one who has influenced countless films over the years.

Thursday ​20th July 2017
The Return
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev / Russia / 2003 / 105 minutes

Younger brother Ivan and older brother Andrei live in a small town with their mother. One summer, the brothers are surprised by the arrival of their long-lost absent father. Although the boys only know him from an old photograph, he still orders them to accompany him on a fishing trip. The stern father then puts his two sons through a series of endurance tests. Doting Andrei is quick to cooperate, while stubborn Ivan is more reluctant to trust him. Ivan wants to know where he’s been and what he’s up to. After they travel by boat to a deserted island, the father gets even more mysterious. The Return won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003.

Friday ​2​1st July 2017 ​
Cría cuervos
Directed by Carlos Saura / Spain / 1976 / 105 minutes

Carlos Saura’s exquisite Cría cuervos . . . heralded a turning point in Spain: shot while General Franco was on his deathbed, the film melds the personal and the political in a portrait of the legacy of fascism and its effects on a middle-class family (the title derives from the Spanish proverb: “Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes”). Ana Torrent (the dark-eyed beauty from The Spirit of the Beehive) portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.

Sunday ​23rd July 2017
​Bettada Hoovu
Directed by N. Lakshminarayan / Kannada /1985 / 110 minutes

The movie revolves with childhood days of boy Ramu. Ramu born to a poor family works in a guesthouse where foreigner who came on a trip stayed. He is fond of reading Kannada books. Ramu wants to study to support his family but the situation of family is not in favor. Ramu has one ambition of his life is to purchase Sri Ramayana Darshanam written by Kuvempu. He starts saving money by selling wild flowers (hence the movie title) to a botanist. But the situations bring him to make a decision whether to buy a book or buy a blanket to protect his family members from chilling winter cold. What follows is a tale of shattered dreams.​

All the films will start @5 pm. Entry is Free on first come first serve basis. All are invited!

National Gallery of Modern Art
# 49, Manikyavelu Mansion,
Palace Road,
Bengaluru 560052.

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