1983. India. Mrinal Sen. 106 min.
Friday, October 22, 2010, 4:15 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1983. India. Written and directed by Mrinal Sen. Screenplay by Sen, Premendra Mitra. With Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Gita Sen. Winner of the National Film Award in India for Best Director and Best Actress, Kandahar is a late-period classic by one of India’s most important directors, Mrinal Sen, whose politically charged films helped give rise to the “New Indian Cinema” movement in the late 1960s. Recently preserved by the National Film Archive of India, and starring three of India’s finest actors, Shah, Azmi and Sen, Kandahar relates the tale of a group of friends from Calcutta who visit the ruins of a feudal estate. There they have a strange and haunting encounter with a bedridden, blind widow who is waiting in vain for the cousin who will free her daughter from poverty by marrying her. One of the friends, a photographer, poses as her would-be suitor, setting in motion a story of tenderness and cruelty worthy of Chekhov. Courtesy Shree Bharat Lakshmi Pictures. In Hindi; English subtitles. 106 min.
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