Pune Film Festival 2011-2

Continued from Day 1

1)      Woman of the mist (Japan)
a drama of lower middle class family and economic and emotional problems. Rather than advising his wayward nephew to concentrate on his studies, his uncle takes the younger out for a night of revelry. Its only when the student becomes involved in a life-altering predicament that the uncle assumes responsibility for his charge.
Director – Heinosuke Gosho directed the first “talking” picture in Japan in 1931 and came to excel in what film historians classify as Japan’s “shomingeki” genre, or movies that depict the lives of the lower and middle classes with both realism and humor.

2)      The Human Condition (Japan)
This is an epic story of one man’s struggle to retain his humanity as he descends into the turmoil of the Pacific war. His own moral standards are challenged while attempting to come to terms with man’s basest tendencies. Based on a 6 volume novel which the director compressed into 3 features, each over 3 hours long, the trilogy established Masaki Kobayashi’s international reputation. The first installment won one of the top prizes at the Venice Film Festival.
the film depicts the effects of World War II on a Japanese pacifist and socialist.

3)      Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi)
the film traces the true story of Sindhutai Sapkal, who dramatically rewrites her destiny. Born into a poor family, she is married at 12 to a 30 year old man, but is abandoned by her husband and her own family following false accusations of infidelity. About to commit suicide, she notices a tree which, though axed, still gives a shelter. Moved, she sets out on a journey towards dignity, setting up 5 orphanages fro abandoned children – even going to San Jose, USA (Marathi Sahitya Sammelan), to give fund-raising speeches. When her aging husband turns up at the orphanage, she graciously ‘adopts’ him. The film’s deep humanism in the face of injustice and humiliation gives it a universal resonance.

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