San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival3rd I


DOSAR (The Companion)

5:00 pm,
Saturday, November 17th, Castro Theater, San Francisco

Admission: $10
Director: Rituparno Ghosh
Country: India (2006)
Running Time: 127 mins, 35mm, B&W
In Bengali with English subtitles



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One of the most accomplished art film directors in India, Rituparno Ghosh, 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.

Acclaimed director Ghosh (1963- ) was born into a family of artists and cites Bergman, Kieslowski, August, Tarantino, Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Makhmalbaf, Wong Kar-Wai, and Almodovar as directorial influences. Widley considered the inheritor of Satyajt Ray, Ghosh excels in intimate scenes of conflict and revelation between characters, and his world-class cinema is often an astute commentary of the times we live in. He has directed 14 feature films in total, 10 of which he wrote, with 12 winning national awards.

Selected filmography: Dahan (Crossfire) (1997) , Bariwali (The Lady of the House) (1999), Utsab (The Festival) (2000).

West Coast Premiere

Introduced by Sandip Roy, editor with New America Media and host of its radio
show UpFront on KALW 91.7 FM



Sulata Sarkar (Cinema Art Yoga Society)

Center for South Asia Studies at UC Berkeley





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