There are going to be some great movies showing this weekend during the Soorya International DVD festival if any of you are interested. All the films are FREE! and will be screened at the Bahrain Society of Engineers premises in Juffair. I've stolen the details from the GDN:
- 7pm: Jour de fête (Jacques Tati, 1949, French)
- 8.45pm: The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940, English)
7pm: Kaya Taran (Sashi Kumar, 2004, Hindi) -- The director Sashi Kumar will be arriving in Bahrain tomorrow for the festival. This movie straddles the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and the Gujarat riots of 2002, so it should be quite an interesting watch (if you're not bored of watching explorations into communal violence).Update: Kaya Taran has been cancelled, so the following movies will be shown instead
- 7pm: The River (Jean Renoir, 1951, English)
- 8.45pm: Bawandar (Jag Mundhra, 2000, Hindi)
- 10.30am: Red Beard (Kurosawa, 1965, Japanese) -- Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune... enough said.
- 4pm: Carmen Jones (Otto Preminger, 1954, English)
- 7pm: A film by Ritwick Ghatak (it didn't say which one). I haven't yet had a chance to see any of Ghatak's films, so I'm really looking forward to this.
- 7.15pm: Just Like You Imagined (Zeyad Alhusaini, 2003, English) -- This movie sounds fascinating... an 11 minute short, sci-fi, in English, by a Kuwaiti director.
- 8.45pm: The White Balloon (Jafar Panahi, 1995, Persian) -- This is a brilliant brilliant film, written by Abbas Kiarostami. One of my favourite films of New Wave Iranian Cinema.
Also, the Bahrain Cinema Club will be showing Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran this Wednesday evening at 8pm as part of its weekly screenings at the BCC premises. This isn't the most amazing movie in the world, but worth watching just to see Omar Sharif's fine performance.
Also on Wednesday at 8.30pm, fellow blogger Dr Scott Waalkes will deliver a lecture titled "Possibilities and Problems with the Forward Strategy of Freedom" at the National Democratic Action Society premises in Umm al Hassam.
And of course don't forget that tonight is the Champions League matchup we've been waiting for: Juventus v Liverpool at Anfield... Forza Juve!