Cinequest: India in California

The “friendly man at Cinequest” had pointed me to Amal, after inquiring which country I am from. An Indian movie (actually Canadian, set in India) at Cinequest was a pleasant surprise. Also, it was a very useful input for me when I was wondering which movies to watch at the festival. To top it all, this was probably the best I watched in these few days.

Saturday night at Cinequest was busy as expected. I went along with my wife to California Theater. After some trouble navigating our way through Downtown, we reached the end of a long line waiting outside.

California Theater, Cinequest '08

We made our entry just 10 minutes before the screening and were blown away by the grandeur of California Theater. It was reminiscent of a different age.

The surprises for the day were still not over. There was a small change introduced to the program — 2 ‘Bollywood’ dance items preceding the movie. The audience heartily cheered the amateurish performances.

Amal

Coming to the movie finally, it was a wonderful drama with a dose of philosophy and some suspense too thrown in. Wonderfully acted and directed, it featured some leading arthouse names in key supporting roles. Amal also opens the 26th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, March 21-23 in San Jose. So, catch it there if you missed it at Cinequest.

The screening was followed by a nice Q&A session with the young filmmaker, Richie Mehta.

[Picture Courtesy: Cinequest]

2 Comments so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on March 9th, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    I was in the beautiful California Theater just before you. Danny Glover was there to receive of the coveted Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Thought he might talk all night, ha-ha. Unfortunately I was unable to stay for ‘Amal’ because of time constraints. Thanks for the heads-up on the Asian American Film Festival. Hopefully I can catch ‘Amal’ there.


  2. randramble on March 9th, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Hey, I too saw Danny Glover while we were in the line. He was still talking, surrounded by a small crowd of people.



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