‘SAMSKARA’ OPENING EXPERIMENTA 2013
27th November | Wednesday | 11pm, 2pm, 6.30pm | 113mins | Badami House
Shot entirely on location in a mountain village in Mysore, with a cast of unknown players, Samskara is directed by Pattabhi Rama Reddy, himself a well-known poet and producer of Telugu films. For him, the film represents a complete breakaway from the florrid sentimentality of traditional south Indian films, and is more in the tradition of Satyajit Ray.
The film based on a story by U.R. Ananthamurthy, by the same name, brought together many artists like theatre actor Snehalata Reddy, writer, P. Lankesh, artist S.G. Vasudev and Girish Karnad. Directed by Pattabhirama Reddy, it pioneered the parallel cinema movement in Kannada. The film won the National Award for Best Feature film in 1970 and the Bronze Leopard at Locarno International film festival in 1972. This is a special 35mm print found at the Arsenal archive in Berlin, Germany, presented at Experimenta courtesy Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan. Some of the screenings will be followed with interactions with U.R. Ananthamurthy, Konarak Reddy (son of Pattabhi Rama Reddy), Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Director of the Living Archive Programme at Arsenal Institut of Film & Video Art.