They’re said to be as simple and natural as the beauty of their women — Israeli films, being aired for Chandigarh audience briefly, fall in line with the world-cinematic high the city has been on, the past few months.
Brought forth by Chandigarh Film Society, the first day (Thursday) of the Israeli film, on at Government Museum Auditorium, Sector 10, commenced with the film Stone, Avanim in Hebrew. The 110-minute long film revolved around a 30-year-old Israeli woman, Michele, who works in her father’s office. Michele has been cheating on her husband for months; her life is split between her child, work, husband and her lover. The twist in the tale is the unexpected, untimely death of her lover.
Avanim (2004) is a feature film by Raphael Nadjari and has been presented at Berlin film festival, won the Reflet d’Or for Best Film – Cinema Tout Ecran (Geneva 2004), the Official Section Award for Best Film and Special Jury Award – Sevilla Film Festival (2004).
Tapesh Sharma, secretary, Federation of Films Societies of India and Chandigarh Film Society, claims to have brought Hungarian, Japanese, French and European films to India, “Israeli cinema has been active since 1948; the films being shown here are unlike our masala Indian films, where sequences are forced on to the scripts. The films in Israel have a strong impact on the audience, are very close to reality and are usually inspired by history. Though people in Chandigarh love to watch world cinema, the city lacks good infrastructure — fully equipped auditoriums
with good projectors and quality sound systems — to pull through such film fests easily.”
At the film fest, Chandigarh-based freelance photographer Ajay Bhatia also showcased two of his documentary films shot in Chandigarh entitled The Great Escape and The Age of Anxiety.
Lined up for today is Israeli film Yellow Asphalt. The 83-minute long film is about forbidden love affairs, loyalty and betrayal, directed by Danny Verete. The film was shot entirely in the Judean desert with the participation of the Jahalin tribe.
August 3 Yellow Asphalt
August 5 Campfire
August 6 Time of Favour
August 7 There Were Nights
All films start at 6.30 pm. Entry is free. Venue: Government Museum Auditorium, Sector 10, Chandigarh