Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara, India (Bengal) 1960)

Cloud-Capped Star is the first film in Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak’s trilogy about the partition of Bengal in 1947 and its aftermath. It could be argued that all of Ghatak’s features between 1952 and 1977, when his last work was released posthumously, were concerned with the partition, but it is the trilogy that has been… Read More Cloud-Capped Star (Meghe Dhaka Tara, India (Bengal) 1960)

Films From the South #15: Virgin Goat (Ladli Laila, India 2009)

There were several new Indian films in the festival, but most were on at times that were inconvenient for me. Virgin Goat turned out to be quite distinctive. Essentially a form of ‘parallel film’ it isn’t what one might expect from that label, nor from its other institutional classification as a ‘festival film’ (with funding… Read More Films From the South #15: Virgin Goat (Ladli Laila, India 2009)