13th Habitat Film Festival
17th May to 27th May 2018, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
The13th edition of Habitat Film Festival from May 17 – 27 at the India Habitat Centre hosts a handpicked selection of the Best of Indian Cinema 2017-2018, a pan Indian sweep of national award winning and critically acclaimed cinema.
The opening film of the festival is the much awaited Bengali drama Drishtikone by ace director Kaushik Ganguly on 17th May at 7:30pm at the Stein Auditorium. The line-up features Assamese film Village Rockstars by Reema Das (Won Best Film at National Film Awards 2018),hard-hitting Marathi film Ajji and Nude , high voltage Malayalam thrillers S Durga and Take off, Hindi features Omerta, Hungry and October, investigative Tamil thrillers Vikram Veda and Aran, Kaatru Veliyidai among others. Flagging the changing face of contemporary Indian Cinema, one watches out for Ralang Road (Nepali),Juze (Konkini), Mayurakshi (Bengali), Hello Arsi (Odiya), Idak, the Goat (Marathi),Reservation (Kannada),Carbon (Malayalam) from the dynamic line up put together. The closing film at the festival is the Malayalam film Ee. Ma. Yau by Lijo Jose Pellissery.
Aparna Sen (Sonata), Devashish Makhija (Ajji), Miransha Naik(Juze), Jiju Antony (Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani), Sanal Kumar Sasidharan (S Durga)
The salient features of the Festival include Retrospective Segment on visionary Malayalam director KG George, Two Tribute segments, one on the pioneering contributions of late actor and producer Shashi Kapoor (1938-2017) with select films that bear testimony to his loaded imprints in various aspects of cinema and the other that discusses and brings into focus the acting finesse&pan Indian legacy of late actress Sridevi (1963-2018) with a screening of one of her early films. Other collateral sessions in the form of master classes by leading directors, actors and screen writers such as Vishal Bharadwaj, Tisca Chopra, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, panel discussions involving film scholars, film journalists & critics, daily podcasts and newsletters, will infuse the festival with an exciting dose of contemporaneity. Post-screening Q & A sessions with directors are sure to bring out finer nuances.
A notable highlight is Gulzar’s session on 20th May in which he will be in conversation with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
The festival will be inaugurated by film scholar par excellence, ArunaVasudev, Founder/President of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema who is revered for her pioneering contributions in carving out an undeniable space for Asian Cinema in the global film circuit, seeding multiple independent film festivals, institutions and scholarly endeavours. Bina Paul, Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala, will be in conversation with Aruna Vasudev on the opening day (17th May at 6:30pm at the Stein Auditorium).
Fast paced preparations are underway at IHC as organisers anticipate a resurgent interest in the regional language content. They point to many regional language industries at the cusp of radical shifts and transformation creating a new pan Indian audience eager to immerse and engage. A fact pointed out by the 2018 Jury head of National Film Awards, Shekhar Kapur, whose surprise and admiration for this new wave in regional cinema came to light at the recent national awards announcement day. He even mentioned in a lighter vein how regional cinema has so clearly affirmed its dominance over the Bollywood idiom with layered storytelling and deeply moving performances, and announced his return to making films in India. This year, some of the most coveted national awards were unequivocally bagged by films in Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese etc.
A firm milestone now with a run of twelve years behind it, the Habitat Film Festival has become the Capital's coveted showcase for the Best of Pan Indian Cinema. The package of films in the Festival is a one of its kind opportunity, to soak in the wealth of the creative outpourings of the country's leading talent.
The focus of the Festival remains unchanged, in its single minded focus to turn the spotlight on cinema from India that is beyond the brouhaha and blaze of mainstream Bollywood. Films, that are directorial debuts, new works of brilliance from old masters, classic archival restorations, controversial, irreverent, path breaking, retelling a tale or a fantastical work of utopian yearning. They rub shoulders at the Festival for their distinction in one or all the varied skill and craft that goes into creating the magic that is cinema.
Fact sheet for the festival:
Entry: Free (you can book your passes online or collect it from the registration desk)
Festival schedule: http://www.habitatfilmclub.com
Contact : 01143663080/90 / 9654397753
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
(Entry Passes can be booked online at www.habitatfilmclub.com)
May 17, Thurs
6:30 pm: Habitat Film Festival 2018 Inauguration by Dr. Aruna Vasudev. Veteran Film Scholar, Film Historian, Director – Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema, Editor – Cinemaya The Asian Film Quarterly and Founder of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC).
Bina Paul, Artistic Director of International Film Festival of Kerala, will be in conversation with Aruna Vasudev. This will be followed by the screening of the
Opening Film Dhrishtikone (Bengali/2018/112 mins) directed by Kaushik Ganguly at 7:30pm Stein Auditorium
May 18, Fri
2:00pm Repeat screening of Dhrishtikone (Bengali/2018/112 mins)
Dir. Kaushik Ganguly
4:00pm The Hungry (Hindi/English/2017/100 mins) Dir. Bornila Chatterjee
Kaatru Veliyidai (Tamil/2017/138 mins) Dir. Mani Ratnam The Stein Auditorium
7:00pm Opening of K.G. George Retrospective
8 1/2 Intercuts: Life and Films of K G George (Blue- ray/DVD/Docu/Malayalam/2017/120 mins)
Dirs. Lijin Jose & Shahina K. Rafiq Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Watchmaker (Blu-ray/DVD/Bengali/2018/106 mins)
Dir. Anindya Banerjee
9:00pm Ajji (Hindi/2017/104 mins) Dir. Devashish Makhija
May 19, Sat
11:00am K.G.George Retrospective-
Yavanika (Malayalam/1982/147 mins)
11:00am Children’s Film. Ishu (Blu-ray/DVD/Assamese/2017/91 mins)
Dir. Utpal Borpujari
2:00pm To Let (Tamil/2017/109 mins) Dir. Chezhian Ra
2:00pm Karim Mohammad (Blu-ray/DVD/Hindi/Urdu/2018/99 mins)
4:00pm Up Down and Sideways (Blu-ray/DVD/Docu/2017/83 mins)
Dir. Anushka Meenakshi & Iswar Srikumar
6:30pm Village Rockstars (Assamese/2017/87 mins) Dir. Rima Das
7:00pm Pupa (Blu-ray/DVD/Bengali/2017/109 mins) Dir. Indrasis Acharya Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Redu (Blu-ray/DVD/Marathi/2017/125 mins) Dir. Sagar Vanjari
Omerta (Hindi/2017/96 mins) Dir. Hansal Mehta
May 20, Sun
11:00am Dharasnan (Bengali/2018/150 mins) Dir. Haranath Chakraborty
Harper @ Cinema at HFF | Collab. HarperCollins India
(Entry by registration only. Registration opens at the Programmes desk from May 10 onwards for Habitat Film Club members only. Open to all from May 13)
11:00am-12:30pm - Masterclass with
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on “Filmmaker’s Vision”. Introduction
by Shantanu Chaudhuri.
1:45pm-3:30pm - Masterclass on ‘Word to Screen: Translating Shakespeare & Ruskin Bond’, with Vishal Bhardwaj. Introduction by Shantanu Chaudhuri.
3:45pm-5:00pm - Masterclass on ‘Hindi Film Music and Playback Singing’ with Rekha Bharadwaj in conversation with Kaveree Bamzai, India Today.
5:15pm-6:15pm - Panel Discussion on ‘Writing Indian Cinema’
Moderated by Kaveree Bamzai. Panellists – Shubhra Gupta, Gautam Chintamani, Shantanu Chaudhuri. Casuarina
6.30pm-7.30pm - Session ‘Music. Masti. Memories’
R. D. Burman Songs performed by Balaji Vittal & Anirudh Bhattacharya.
7.30pm-9:00pm - Gulzar in conversation with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Vishal Bhardwaj - Reminiscing Kal, Aaj aur Kal.
2:00pm Alorukkam (Malayalam/2018/124 mins) Dir. V.C. Abhilash
2:00pm Vikram Vedha (Blu-ray/DVD/Tamil/2017/148 mins) Dirs. Pushkar-Gayathri
7:00pm Aswadakan: The Connoisseur (Blu-ray/DVD/Malayalam/Sanskrit/2017/40 mins)
Dir. Suraj Varma Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Opening of Shashi Kapoor Tribute –
The Householder (DVD/Hindi/English/1963/101 mins)
Dir. James Ivory
May 21, Mon
6:30pm Reservation (2018/Kannada/90 mins) Dir. Nikhil Manjoo
7:00pm Ananya (Blu-ray/DVD/Assamese/2017/96 mins) Dir. Arup Manna Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Tribute to Shashi Kapoor – Shakespeare Wallah (DVD/English/1965/122 mins)
Dir. James Ivory
8:30pm Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani (Marathi/Hindi/English/2017/81 mins)
Dir. Jiju Antony
May 22, Tue
6:30pm Sridevi Tribute - A session that brings into focus the pan Indian legacy of
late actress Sridevi (1963-2018) with the screening of one of her early films.
Film Journalist, Anna Vetticad, leads the screening and discussion.
7:00pm Idak: The Goat (Blu-ray/DVD/Marathi/2017/106 mins)
Dir. Deepak Gawade
7:00pm Alifa (Blu-ray/DVD/Bengali/2018/109 mins) Dir. Deep Choudhury Gulmohar Hall
9:00pm K.G. George Retrospective – Aadaminte Variyellu (Malayalam/1983/142 mins)
May 23, Wed
6:30pm S Durga (Malayalam/2018/90mins) Dir. Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
7:00pm Raju - Kannad Medium (Blu-ray/DVD/Kannada/2018/132 mins)
Dir. Nanditha Yadav
7:00pm Shashi Kapoor Tribute - In Custody (Blu-ray/DVD/Hindi/1993/126 mins)
Dir. Ismail Merchant
8:30pm Teen Aur Aadha (Hindi/Marathi/English/2017/119 mins)
Dir. Dar Gai
May 24, Thursday
6:30pm Pimpal (Marathi/2017/92 mins) Dir. Gajendra Ahire
7:00pm Calendar (Blu-ray/DVD/Assamese/2018/90 mins) Dir. Himjyoti Talukdar
7:00pm Paathi (Blu-ray/DVD/Malayalam/2017/92 mins)
Dir. Chandran Narikkode
9:00pm Tribute to Shashi Kapoor –
Jab Jab Phool Kile (Marathi/2017/92 mins)
Dir. Gajendra Ahire
May 25, Fri
1:30pm Panchlait (Hindi/2017/125mins) Dir. Prem Prakash Modi
2:00pm Uma (Blu-ray/DVD/Bengali/2018/149 mins) Dir. Srijit Mukherji
4:00pm Kachcha Limbu (Marathi/2017/116 mins) Dir. Prasad Oak
5:00pm Ralang Road (Blu-ray/DVD/Nepali/2017/112 mins) Dir. Karma Takapa
6:30pm Juze (Blu-ray/DVD/Konkani/2017/94 mins) Dir. Miransha Naik
7:00pm Naach Bhikari Naach (Blu-ray/DVD/Docu/Bhojpuri/2018/72 mins)
Dir. Jainendra Dost & Shilpi Gulati Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Manusangadha (Blu-ray/DVD/Tamil/Not Released/93 mins)
Dir. Amshan Kumar
8:15pm K.G. George Retrospective -
Lekhayude Maranam: Oru Flashback (Malayalam/1983/172 mins)
May 26, Sat
11:00am K.G. George Retrospective - Irakal (Malayalam/1985/142 mins)
11:00am Children’s Film - Swanam (Blu-ray/DVD/Malayalam/2017/83 mins) Dir. Deepesh T.
1:30pm Ashwatthama (Braj/2017/120 mins) Dir. Pushpendra Singh
2:00pm Sound of Silence (Blu-ray/DVD/Pahari/Tibetan/Hindi/2017/89 mins)
Dir. Bijukumar Damodaran Gulmohar Hall
4:00pm Mrityubhoj- The Death Feast (Docu/Blu-ray/DVD/Hindi/2018/52 mins)
Dir. Akanksha Sood
4:00pm Aram (Blu-ray/DVD/Tamil/2017/120 mins) Dir. Gopi Naynar Gulmohar Hall
4:00pm Rong Beronger Korhi (Bengali/2018/133 mins) Dir. Ranjan Ghosh
6:30pm October (Hindi/2018/115 mins) Dir. Shoojit Sarkar
6:30pm And they Made Classics (Blu-ray/DVD/English/2017/59 mins)
Dir. Ratnotamma Sengupta. A tribute to Nabendu Ghosh (1917 - 2017)
who scripted classics such as Devdas, Sujata, Bandini, among other films. Followed by the launch of That Bird Called Happiness published by Speaking Tiger. The book is a collection of nine stories of Nabendu Ghosh in English translation edited by
Ratnotamma Sengupta. Gulmohar Hall
7:00pm Shashi Kapoor Tribute - New Delhi Times (Hindi/1986/123 mins)
Dir. Ramesh Sharma
9:00pm Sonata (English/2017/103 mins) Dir. Aparna Sen
May 27, Sun
11:00am Nude (Marathi/2018/112 mins) Dir. Ravi Jadhav
11:00am Children’s Film. Rainbow Jelly (Blu-ray/DVD/Bengali/2017/122 mins)
Dir. Soukarya Ghosal
02:00pm Padai Veeran (Tamil/2018/130 mins) Dir. Dhanasekaran
02:00pm Walking with the Wind (Blu-ray/DVD/Ladakhi/2017/79 mins)
Dir. Praveen Morchhale
4:00pm Mayurakshi (Bengali/2017/102 mins) Dir. Atanu Ghosh
4:00pm Paddayi (Blu-ray/Tulu/2017/100 mins) Dir. Abhaya Simha
4:00pm Machines (Blu-ray/DVD/Docu/2017/71 mins) Dir. Rahul Jain Gulmohar Hall
6:30pm Nana - A Tale of Us (Blu-ray/DVD/Nagamese/2017/105 mins)
Dir. Tiakumzuk Aier
6:45pm CLOSING FILM - Ee. Maa. Yau (Malayalam/2018/120 mins) Dir. Lijo Jose Pellissery