Film-Philosophy with ‘Once upon a time in Anatolia’

Film-Philosophy with ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’
Analysis, appreciation, concept formation and film-philosophy.

4th & 5th March 2023_ONLINE
14:30 to 18:30 IST

with Deb Kamal Ganguly

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is one among the handful of film directors, who have carried the legacy of cinema as a supreme art form to probe and scrutinize the nuances of human existence with an empathetic vision of an ‘auteur’, and has made significant inroads into the cine-map of 21st century. In one of his most mature and revered work, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (157 min, 2011), Ceylan, an ardent and passionate reader of Anton Chekhov, Andrei Tarkovsky, has created a ‘Zone’ throughout the prolonged night, spread through the tender undulations of Anatolian landscape. From that ‘Zone’ there is no escape for anyone with a sense of self-esteem and an acute, self-questioning conscience. The brilliance of Ceylan has explored the horror of banality, the violence of meaninglessness, the burden of the homogeneous empty secular time. Through the gradual and incremental collective reading of this great example of ‘slow cinema’, the course would locate the core of gray, barren, maleness, being symptomatic of an all encompassing yet invisible statehood, not really as a political entity outside the ‘self’, but an entity corroding the boundary of the philosophical autonomy of the ‘self’.  

Participants are welcome who might be interested in the cinematic possibility of philosophical nature of an individual in the contemporary time; the quality of relationship between the ‘routine work’ of the individual and the impersonal modalities of functioning of the state apparatus, the nature and the burden of the ‘secular time’, and the cinematic utterances of multiple subjective temporalities within the body of a film. 

In the session, sequences from the film will be shown and discussed in depth. Also reading material will be shared during the course. 

An alumnus from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, DebKamal Ganguly is an independent filmmaker, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has taught for 08 years (2012-2020) and designed curriculum in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune,  in the departments of Film Editing, Film Direction and Screen Studies; and as a guest faculty in National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Flame University, Pune, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Ganguly’s works have been published under special curator-ship from Lowave, Paris; his video art featured in the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ and showcased in galleries of various cities of Europe and Asia. His films done in the capacity of editor, script-writer and sound designer have been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and received recognition, including ‘Tiger Award for Shorts’ in Rotterdam (IFFR 2007). Ganguly has presented papers in various international and national seminars and conferences on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, visual art, interfaces of art practices, translation studies, collective memory, Bengal studies, Media studies, pedagogy of cinema, film editing as a discipline, immersive sound etc including CARA-CILECT conference in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019). He is a participant of an international project for artistic research involving BRICS countries, being the coordinator for India (2018).

₹ 1200 – For Indian Participants
₹ 800 – For Ex Participants of Auroville Film Institute
€ 25 – For International Participants

Digital certificates of participation will be issued.

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