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Millenials are urged to go beyond Netflix and Chill

“We seem to be doing film education only on Netflix and this is something non-Netflix”, said screenwriter, filmmaker and a film curator, Thani Mudaliar, while screening Jiri Menzel’s ‘Closely Watched Trains’ on Friday. The Czech film was a part of a new series of screenings conducted by the Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with the Department of Communication.


The film is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best loved films of the Czech New Wave. This movie is also from a different era and we don’t seem to be watching those films anymore. It’s from a different nation, that makes amazing films and we generally introduce the students of this generation to the Czechoslovakian New Wave”, said Mudaliar to The Beacon. ‘Closely Watched Trains’ is written by Bohumil Hrabal and Menzel and is based on a Hrabal novel. It is described as “a dark tale of an existentially motivated suicide attempt that had taken place in a hotel in the midst of an apocalyptic war.” Mudaliar, who is also the co-writer of Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, said, “It is important to introduce the students to the different parts of the world. This is a great magical film movement, and I thought it would be amazing to kickstart the series with this one,” when asked about the purpose of choosing to screen this film.Mudaliar, while talking about his expectations from this series, added, “I expect a bigger crowd the next time. It’s amazing how we have got this platform in St Joseph’s for students from different backgrounds to come together and watch a film.”This series of screenings is to be continued in the month of October as well.


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