Screening of Aparna Sen’s Yugant – July 1

Yugant1Rita Banerjee will introduce and lead the discussion for Aparna Sen’s 1995 film, Yugant: The End of an Era (a.k.a. “What the Sea Said,” যুগান্ত), on Tuesday July 1, 2014 from 6-8:30 pm for the Institute for Indology and Tibetology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.  The screening will take place in Seminar Room 427 (Ludwigstr. 31, Munich).  The screening is part of the course Bengali 2: Introduction to the Bengali Language & Art House Film, II at LMU.  Anyone interested in Bengali Cinema or South Asian Art House Film is welcomed to join the screening.  The film focuses on the story of Deepak and Anasuya, who have been separated for eighteen months.  Deepak works as a creative director of an advertising agency in Calcutta, while his wife, Anasuya, is a dancer who is managing her own dance school in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. They agree to go on a vacation in the fishing village, where they had spent their honeymoon, in an attempt to salvage their marriage. However, each moment that they spend together seems to dredge up old quarrels and unhappiness. Both, having changed over the course of their seventeen years of marriage, must now decide if they can still find a reason to stay together.  With a reference to the Gulf War, the director draws a parallel between the distance that has formed between the couple, the distance between mankind and nature, and the idea that mankind can no longer understand his own nature let alone the natural world.  [Award/Festivals: National Award, 1995 for Best Photography and Best Feature Film In Bengali; Films From the South Festival, Oslo; Alexandria International Film Festival; Fribourg International Film Festival; Indian Film Week in Hong Kong.]

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