Date & Time:
Thu January 30, 2020
The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Free and open to the public
(Mrinal Sen, 1971, India, Digital, 101 min, in Bengali with English subtitles)
Bengali filmmaker Mrinal Sen pioneered a bracing blend of political modernism and popular appeal with Interview, the first film in his celebrated “Calcutta Trilogy.” In the film, labor strikes and political demonstrations prevent an ambitious young man from retrieving his Western-style suit from the laundry, putting an important job interview in jeopardy. Sen explodes the neo-realist trappings of this plot through daring shifts in style and perspective, challenging colonial and cinematic conventions alike. Interview will be presented in a new digital restoration, with an introduction and discussion by Kunal Sen, the filmmaker’s son. Screened in a restored DCP courtesy of the National Film Archive of India. In Bengali with English subtitles.
In Person: Kunal Sen
Presented with support from the Consulate General of India, Chicago, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
PART OF THE BLOCK CINEMA SERIES:
MORNING WILL COME: MODERNITY IN INDIAN CINEMA
India is home to the world’s most prolific and diverse film industries, and Bollywood movies, in particular, have found rapturous audiences from Russia to the Middle East. This series, presented as a complement to Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection, features seminal classics of Indian cinema that have rarely been projected in the United States. In addition to landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, which consider postcolonial conflicts between tradition and modernity, the series will also feature a program dedicated to the Shabistan Film Archive.
Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org