8 Films | 8 Days
Day 1View Details
Simmering undercurrents in the landscapes and human beings of Naomi Kawase
First day would be spent discussing the film of Naomi Kawase. Both the formal and the narrative aspects of the film would be discussed. Kawase’s films deal with an intricate relationship human beings share with the nature and landscape around them. Often the turmoil in human relationships takes a tangible material form in the landscapes. Also, the interesting formal experiments by Naomi Kawase in bringing documentary elements to her fiction films would also be discussed.
Day 2View Details
Burden of history in the long takes of Lav Diaz
On the second day we would be engaging with the work of Lav Diaz. Lav Diaz’s films are characterised by its extended long takes. His films are politically charged and deal with the violent history of the Philippines still residing in the collective memory of its population. The durational length of his films itself is a political statement resisting the duration limits of the commodified film market.
Day 3View Details
Playful interweaving of the real and mythical
The work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul would be dealt with on day 3. His films are characterised by the way he interweaves the contemporary political turmoil in Thailand with elements from its mythical past, different temporal entities come to exist in the same plane. Formally his films use extreme long takes and an atmospheric soundtrack that bring the mystery of his films to the fore.
Day 4View Details
Power Structures unpacked in the cinema of Bong Joon-Ho
Bong Joon-Ho’s films unravel the structures of power that are strongly weaved into our reality. His recent film “Parasite” explored in ways capitalist power regiments our sensorial engagement with reality. The discussions on day 4 of the course would be around this.
Day 5View Details
The singular visual language of Yasujiro Ozu
Among the greatest filmmakers of all time, Yasujiro Ozu’s visual language creates a singular experience. One can draw an association between the graphic aspect of the formal elements in his films with nuances from the Japanese culture. His works often return to the subject matter of familial turmoils.
Day 6View Details
Japanese New Wave - Shohei Imamura
Shohei Imamura was a leading figure of Japanese modern new wave. He was part of a group of filmmakers who liberated Japanese films out of the studios. His films focussed on the lives of people living at the edges of Japanese society, voices rarely represented in Japanese cinema until then.
Day 7View Details
Taiwanese Auteur Cinema - Tsai Ming Liang
Day 7 of the course will have discussions on the work of Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming Liang. His films are known for his idiosyncratic vision in the representation of ideas such as desire, melancholy, solitude, alienation.
Day 8View Details
Sublime realism of Kenji Mizoguchi
Revered by filmmakers across the world, Mizoguchi can rightly be called as the foundational figure of Japanese cinema.Set mostly in the Japanese feudal era, his films were characterised by long tracking shots of extraordinary beauty that exalted the values of humanism not through overt melodrama but sublime evocations.