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Open air theatre

Amrutha Penumudi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 15, 2013
First Published: 14:36 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 18:44 IST(15/2/2013)

Film enthusiasts are thoroughly enjoying the city’s first pop-up cinema festival, Gipsy Films, that began on February 13.

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Gipsy Cinema, which is an underground film club started by Shireen Irani in the UK, is a “pop-up” culture concept where each event series takes place at a different location with a different theme.

In Mumbai, the theme of the festival is Italian romance. Four classic films set in Italy will be screened until February 16, 2013 — Cinema Paradiso (1988), Roman Holiday (1953), Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo And Juliet (1968) and La Dolce Vita (1960).

“Pop-up cinema gives people an opportunity to explore movies in unusual locations, like say on a beach, or in a pub,” says Irani.

Ask her why she chose to come to Mumbai with the project and she says, “My father always wanted to open a classic film club in the city. This is just my way of realising his dream.”

Only 200 invitations are being issued each evening, so 800 city cinema lovers in total will get to watch these films over four nights.

The venue, which is the terrace of hotel Marine Plaza at Marine Drive, has been transformed into a set that replicates the Roman era. Amrita Bagchi, who is part of artist group Visual Disobedience that has created the set, says, “Shireen was very specific about what she wanted. So we went through a couple of images and formed ideas about what we could do with the space.”

Bagchi has worked on the sets of a films, TV shows and theatre before, but this is her first such event. “It is different because things need to be more durable for an event,” she says.


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