Co-Presentations at the Fifth annual 3rd i Film Festival

third_eye.jpgFifth annual 3rd i Film Festival From art-house classics to experimental visions to next-level Bollywood, 3rd I promotes diverse images of South Asians in film –from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the South Asian Diaspora. Please visit the 3rd I at (415.835.4783).

CAAM is co-presenting four programs at this year’s 3rd i Film Festival:


11:00PM Pyaasa (Eternal Thirst)
Guru Dutt’s 1957 classic Pyaasa, an emotionally charged indictment of the materialism of our times, is pure celluloid poetry – in the richly textured cinematography of V.K. Murthy, the stirring music of S.D. Burman, the incisive lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi and the nuanced performances all around. Aspiring poet Vijay (Dutt) – spurned by both lover and family – finds his sole admirer in a gentle prostitute, and receives recognition only when he is presumed dead.
Dir: Guru Dutt, India (1957), 146 mins, B&W, 35mm, In Hindi with English subtitles

2:00PM Loins of Punjab Presents
A ruthless philanthropist. A gay bhangra rapper. An over-protected prodigy. A reckless actress. A lovelorn businessman. An entrepreneurial yogi. And a Loin King. Enter the roller-coaster world of seven strangers whose lives collide during a singing contest in a small New Jersey town, in this rip-roaring comedy. Think Monsoon Wedding meets Annie Hall, in a diner in Queens, for a masala omelette.
Manish Acharya in Person for Q&A!
Dir: Manish Acharya, India (2007), 88 mins, 35mm, Color, In English

5:00PM Dosar (The Companion)
One of the most accomplished art film directors in India, Rituparno Ghosh (Lady of the House), premieres his latest and finest film, Dosar. Fresh from screening at the Cannes Film Festival, this beautifully textured black and white film set in contemporary urban Calcutta traces the infidelities of three couples, and is startling in it’s unabashed representation of sexuality in India. Konkana Sensharma packs a powerhouse performance as the conflicted wife who has to care for her husband (Prosenjit Chatterjee) in the face of his betrayal.
Rituparno Ghosh in Person for Q&A!
Dir: Rituparno Ghosh, India (2006), 127 mins, 35mm, B&W, In Bengali with English subtitles

8:30PM Don
Celebrate BOLLYWOOD at the Castro with superstar Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), and Priyanka Chopra, in Farhan Akhtar’s (Dil Chahta Hai) blockbuster for the 21st century Don! SRK reinvents Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic role as the Indian James Bond who finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The film is driven by a thrilling narrative, stylized action sequences, and dazzling dance & musical scores.
Dir: Farhan Akhtar, India (2006), 185 mins incl. intermission, 35mm, Color, In Hindi with English subtitles