Thursday 12th of October 2023
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Thursday 12th of October at 17:30
(110 min) | Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Rajeev Barnwal | 2022 | CZ, EN titulky
The aging Mishra couple (Sanjay Mishra and Neena Gupta) try to lead an honest and dignified life, though they struggle with poverty and the disappointment of a grown son who has left for America and shows nothing but disrespect and ingratitude towards his parents. Yet it is because of his American dream that the Mishras have fallen into debt and have to endure regular humiliation from the repulsive moneylender Prajapati (Saurabh Sachdeva). When the pious and conservative couple is driven to the brink of despair, they commit a radical act that will leave them to deal with mobsters, corrupt cops and their own consciences. Punjabi filmmaker Jaspal Singh Sandhu’s directorial debut mixes shocking genre spectacle with social realism, asking whether clinging to noble moral principles can sometimes become an obstacle to achieving justice.
Thursday 12th of October at 20:00
Mrs. Chatterjee vs. Norway
(144 min) | Ashima Chibber | 2023 | CZ, EN titulky
Debika Chatterjee (Rani Mukerji) and her husband Aniruddha (Anirban Bhattacharya) live in the Norwegian port city of Stavanger, but in many ways they are a typical Indian couple. While Aniruddha works as an engineer and seeks Norwegian citizenship, Debika remains a housewife, caring for two young children. But the local child protection authority does not like the Chatterjees’ traditionalist family situation. It decides to remove both children from the couple and place them in institutional care. Thus begins a relentless quest by a desperate Debika to get her beloved offspring back. Loosely inspired by the real-life and much-publicised case of expat Sagarika Chakraborty, the film does express some scepticism about the traditionalist set-up of Indian families, but directs most of its criticism at the Norwegian authorities. He shows that even a developed country can be in the grip of an unempathic bureaucracy, which moreover has no understanding of cultural differences.
Friday 13th of October at 18:00
(98 min) | Faraz Ali | CZ, EN titulky
In 2018, the North Indian metropolis of Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj. The previous name was given to the city during the Muslim Mughal dynasty, while the new Sanskrit name is meant to emphasise its importance as a Hindu pilgrimage site.But in director Faraz Ali’s contemplative feature debut, some of the city’s former spirit is lost with the renaming.This is illustrated in the story of a young woman, Mampu (Amrita Bagchi), who comes to Allahabad to care for her failing father, Madhav (Purnendu Bhattacharya).More worrying than his failing health is the fate of his once-popular single-screen cinema, which is threatened with demolition to make way for a shopping mall.
Friday 13th of October at 20:15
Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar
(150 min) | Luv Ranjan | 2023 | CZ, EN titulky
Self-confident dude Mickey (Ranbir Kapoor) may only look like the spoiled son of wealthy parents, but he secretly earns his own money through an unusual business activity – helping people arrange break-ups with their partners so that they go as smoothly as possible. But then he finds himself falling in love with the charming Tinni (Shraddha Kapoor). She doesn’t feel ready for marriage and anonymously contacts a counsellor to help her end the relationship. Little does she know, however, that her break-up guru is none other than Mickey. The film follows the modern trend of Bollywood romantic comedies set in opulent families, where the fascination with modern Western culture and consumerism meets traditional family values.
Saturday 14th of October at 15:45
Once Upon a Time in Calcutta
(131 min) | Aditya Vikram Sengupta | 2021 | CZ, EN titulky
Ela (Sreelekha Mitra) is devastated by the tragic death of her young daughter and plans to leave her house and start a new life. However, faced with financial difficulties, she tries to convince her half-brother (Bratya Basu) to sell the old abandoned theatre where Ela’s mother once performed.Bengali director Aditya Vikram Sengupta made the film as a melancholy tribute to his native Calcutta, which has long been a major cultural centre and one of the bases of local revolutionary movements. Adhering to the formal procedures of slow cinema, the film shows both the decaying old parts of the city and the modern developments that often sprawl insensitively alongside the modern pursuit of easy profits. The film’s impressive visuals are the work of renowned Turkish cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki.
Friday 14th October at 18:15
Satyaprem Ki Katha
(146 min) | Sameer Vidwans | 2023 | CZ, EN titulky
Satyaprem (Kartik Aaryan) longs for a wife, but as an unemployed failed student, no woman is interested in him.Moreover, the dancer Katha (Kira Advani), with whom he falls in love, is taken.A year later, however, Katha breaks up with her partner and attempts suicide.Satyaprem plays her life and to his surprise, the girl’s parents approach him with an offer to marry Katha.However, she only reluctantly agrees to the wedding herself, and after the ceremony she studiously avoids having to spend the night in bed with Satyaprem. Frustrated, Satyaprem wants to get to the bottom of his wife’s behaviour and in time discovers that Katha is hiding a traumatic secret. The successful film gradually moves from romantic comedy to social drama, offering the audience both a reflection on sensitive social issues and spectacular dance scenes.
* All movies are with Czech and English subtitles.
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