This February, Bengaluru turns into a hotspot for cinema as the city hosts film festivals and screenings on varied topics. It is a rare opportunity for film buffs to catch a fine selection of critically acclaimed films such as Unravel, White Nights and Anna Saaru. We give you a sneak peak into what you can expect from each showcase.
— Team Indulge
Four different film festivals are set to screen films on subjects ranging from sexuality to fashion
THT Migratory Sessions by the Fearless Collective
The Humming Tree hosts an afternoon of music, murals and flowers at KR Market with the Fearless Collective. The Collective, founded by artist Shilo Shiv Suleman, aims to replace fear in public spaces with art. At Humming Tree, the collective will screen movies about their projects. Each movie documents the murals and street art painted in public spaces such as a park in Bahia, Brazil, walls in Lahore, Pakistan and murals in Johannesburg, South Africa. The evening will also have a DJ set by musician Monica Dogra.
Entry free. February 26.
At Indira Nagar and KR Market, 2 pm. Details: 9886618386
Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) continues its tradition of screening alternative films by young and established filmmakers whose subjects come under the TFA’s work scope. This month, they bring three films by well-known documentary filmmaker Ramachandra PN, Miyar Mane (Miyar House) which explores the subject of how preserving heritage conflicts with contemporary ideas of development. Anna Saaru (Rice and Sambar) captures the daily struggles, joys and conflicts, and the nomadic lives of professional theatre artistes in Karnataka. The film BV Karanth: Baba traces theatre veteran Karanth’s life. His influence on the history of modern Indian theatre is undeniable.
Entry free. February 18-19, 5 pm. At Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road. Details: 9972183577
The Bangalore Queer Film Festival
The ninth edition of the Queer Film Festival in the city will take place next weekend. Every year, they go beyond being just a film festival to providing a platform to promote and discuss LGBT rights and stories. This year, some of the movies being screened are White Nights (Malayalam) by Razi Muhammed,Railway
Children (Kannada) by Prithivi Konanur, and Freier Fall
(German) by Stephan Lacant.
Entry by registration. At Alliance Française and Goethe-Institut /Max Mueller
Bhavan, 9.30 am.
Greenstiched Film Festival
Sustainable fashion blog Greenstitched teams up with the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bengaluru, for the Greenstitched Film Festival, which aims to raise awareness about the negative effects of fast fashion. While ethical fashion has caught on, there still remains a large section that is unaware that the fashion industry is the second largest pollutant in the world, after oil. The festival will also cover topics like cotton, design, waste management and social issues. Mark your calendars to catch award-winning films such as, Weaves of Maheshwar, Unravel, Next Black and Frontline Fashion.
February 18, 10 am. At HSR Layout. Details: greenstitched.com