From Anusha's desk:
A while ago, I watched a Quechua film, set in a remote Peruvian village. The film, Retablo, is about a master craftsman who makes stunning storyboxes that tell Christian tales, in communion with folk art. Segundo trains his son Noé to take over the workshop after him. Things go awry when Noé learns something about his father’s sexuality, which makes him lash out. The film is beautiful to look at, the landscape is uncompromising yet magnificent. But I wouldn’t be able to tell you much more about the film, I was too distracted by the sounds of a language I’d never heard before. I tried to memorize words and their meanings, the pronunciation that seemed to have many cha sounds, the different kinds of potato that the people ate.
Recently, I watched my first Bergman film in the theatre: Wild Strawberries. As the old professor Isak travels to receive an honorary award, he thinks—about his childhood, his relationships, his dreams, his failures. He confronts different versions of himself. It was oddly touching to see how excited the audience was, reliving their memories of when they first watched this film—in their twenties, in college, in the sixties, during their first brush with cinema from outside the world they knew.
What is in this issue?
Omar Ahmed wonders why we don’t give Indian Parallel Cinema its due.
Konstantinos takes a close look at the special effects in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report.
Iniyavan lists out his favourite films of 2018.
Naveena Vijayan visits a film set and writes about it.
Films and Cities
Mitsu walks around Old Delhi with camera in hand.
Film and Literature
Ramchander overhears a conversation between a writer and a filmmaker at the Singapore Writers Festival 2018.
An expansive interview with writer-cinematographer-director Chezhiyan in Tamil and English.
From the Editors
Film recommendations from Bangladesh, Poland, Mexico, Taiwan, and Japan.
Finally, an announcement:
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Cover image: Airport by Suresh Naganathan
About the photographer
Suresh is a street photographer based in Mumbai. Born and raised in Switzerland, Suresh did the opposite of what normal Indian people do, and moved back to India. An avid photobook collector, Suresh spends most of his free time either walking the streets or poring through his books and getting inspired by artists from around the world. His works have been published in Creative Image magazine, Eyeshot magazine and World Street Photography book. Suresh has been a finalist in various street photography competitions: Miami Street Photography Festival 2017, San Francisco 2017, Italian Street Photography Festival 2018, Bangkok Street Photography Festival 2018.