The village house. 2019. India. Directed by Achal Mishra. Courtesy of Deaf Crocodile Films
September 15, 2022 – October 12, 2022
The Museum of Modern Art
A movie-mad nation of nearly 1.4 billion people, India has the most complex, vibrant and thriving movie scene in the world. Several commercial cinema centers in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and beyond produce popular films in a wide range of languages, dominated by works involving glamorous movie stars; exuberant singing, dancing and acting; fantasy hyperdrama; and heartbreaking melodrama. Beyond the mainstream, over the past decade the diversity of Indian cinema has been boosted by a growing number of impressive independent works. These low-budget yet artistically ambitious and accomplished films broadened the making, thinking and ways of viewing Indian cinema.
This survey of works made since 2010, in languages as diverse as Assamese, Bengali, Dogri, Gojri, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Maithili, Tamil, etc., includes 16 features films and five short films that take us on a cinematic journey through India. The Opening Night Film, New York Premiere of Achal Mishra’s Film The village house, is a fascinating visual diary centered on a family home in Bihar. Anamika Haksar Take the horse to eat jalebis is a provocative fiction/non-fiction hybrid that immerses us in the middle of the bustling streets of Old Delhi. the surreal fables of Pushpendra Singh, The shepherdess and the seven songs and The Guardian of Honor, transports us to the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir and the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, where its whimsical female protagonists find ways to negotiate their freedom and independence. Sectarian and sexual violence is a haunting presence in Arun Karthick’s Tamil feature film Nasir and the Malayalam film by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan Sexy Durga. by Anand Gandhi Ship of Theseus and Payal Kapadia A night without knowing anything contemplating existential questions about self and being. And the otherworldly experimental works of Amit Dutta Nainsukh, Drawn from dreamsand Bat Like Devil Chaser with Top Hat study the interaction between the moving image and other visual forms, including miniature painting and still photography.
Organized by La Frances Hui, Curator, Film Department, The Museum of Modern Art.
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Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Executive support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and Steven Tisch, with major contributions from the Museum of Modern Art’s Council for Contemporary Arts, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, from MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation. in contemporary art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), the Junior Associates of the Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and the Brown Foundation , Inc., of Houston.