Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli
(2007, 111 mins, In Telugu with English subtitles)
You are invited to attend a free preview screening of 3rd I’s Co-presentation of
Vanaja on Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00pm at the Embarcadero theatre, including an appearance by the filmmaker Rajnesh Domalpalli at the Q& A after.
Emerging Pictures and Varija Films present Vanaja. After winning a remarkable 16 awards from over 82 film festivals in 35 countries around the world, the acclaimed film will begin its theatrical run in the Bay Area on Friday, October 5, 2007 at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, and Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. Writer-director Rajnesh Domalpalli will speak to audiences at select shows: at Lumiere on Fri 10/5, both evening shows, and at Shattuck on Sat 10/6 at late afternoon and early evening shows; specific times TDB.
Vanaja (Mamatha Bhukya) is a beautiful but impulsive 15-year-old girl from a lower caste in rural South India, who yearns to become a dancer. She manages to get herself hired as a maid in the household of a legendary retired mistress of Kuchipudi dance, hoping to pursue her dream. All goes well until the handsome ne'er-do-well son of the household (Karan Singh) returns home, and naïve Vanaja catches his eye, with tragic consequences. Lithe young Bhukya, who studied dance for a year for the role, is wonderful as Vanaja in this enchanting film filled with exquisite dancing, music and song.
Written and directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli in his feature debut, originally written as a project submission for his first semester class at Columbia University in the Fall of 2001. Winner of the Best Feature Debut award at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, Vanaja has won over audiences and critics alike during its highly successful festival tour which took it to countries such as Australia, China, South Africa, Norway, Chile, France, Egypt, and Thailand, and included the 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival.
3rd I copresents at The 10th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival:
Director: Jasmine Dellal
(2006, 110 mins)
When: October 28, 7:35pm
Where: Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University
Shot by legendary cinematographer Albert Maysles, this dynamic musical documentary follows five Gypsy bands from four countries that unite for the Gypsy Caravan as they take their show around North America for a six-week tour, astounding every audience they meet. For more information, please visit: www.unaff.org/2007/schedule.html