April 2003 Events

3rd I SF co-presents with the 46th SF International Film Festival

A Tale of a Naughty Girl

Directed by Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Sunday, April 20, 2003, 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 22, 2003, 6:45pm

AMC Kabuki 8 Theaters

1881 Post St (at Fillmore), San Francisco


A Tale of a Naughty Girl is a mystical, timeless fable from Bengali director Buddhadeb Dasgupta, one of the leaders of Indian art cinema. It is 1969: the first space shuttle is scheduled to land on the moon, but in rural West Bengal young Lati is about to be given away as a bride by her mother Rajani, the local brothel's most popular delight. Her not-too-virginal groom is the elderly Natabar, a movie theater owner whose moral and spiritual state is embodied in his two favorite activities: endlessly watching a badly spliced-together loop of Bollywood rape scenes-all screams and torn saris-and picking at a tree being eaten away from within by bugs. The local populace offers little solace to Lati's fate; her teacher offers her education, but few chances to use it, and the kindest townsperson, the taxi driver Ganesh, is stuck guiding an elderly couple around the area, looking for a hospital that doesn't exist.

In Bengali with English subtitles. 90 mins, 2002

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