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New Titles – June 2nd

Feature Films


4:44 Last Day on Earth

A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end.


American Hustle

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.


King of the Hill

A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down motel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.


The Long Day Closes

The story of eleven-year-old Bud, a sad and lonely boy who struggles through his days. With cinema as his main source of solace, he haunts the local movie-house. All the while, his family looms large in our peripheral vision as do the menacing bullies of his school.


Love in the Time of Cholera

Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.

TV Series


Game of Thrones: Season 3

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.



Banam: Myth and Cosmology of the Santhals

The Santals live close to nature. As a community they may be seen in the context of their environment, ecology, the supernatural and beyond. This attitude towards their physical and mental environment forms an integral part of their charter for celebrating the peaceful and meaningful coexistence of organic and inorganic, human and non human communities. Music and dance form an inseparable part of their day-to-day life and one of their most revered articles is the “Banam”, a musical instrument that they believe came into being through divine intervention. The film looks at different stages in the construction of the Banam. (image from Amazon)


From Piety to Plenty: Documentary on Dharmasthala

Film focuses on the convergence of rituals and showcases rock temples and classical elements in the folk deities or Shiva Gana of Dharmasthala. For several millennia, Lord Manjunath has been worshippped in the form of Linga. The shaivite deity is worshipped by Vaishnavite priests and the traditional Dharmadhikari is from a Jaina family. (image from Amazon)


Ganga: A Celestial Journey from Mukhba to Gangotri

The film captures the journey of Ganga icon in her palanquin from Mukhba on the penultimate day before the Gangotri temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshayatritiya. (image from IGNCA)



Documentary on Sanjhi, a folk aesthetic tradition of 15 day ritual, stretching from the full moon day to the dark moonless night with painting on the walls of houses done by unmarried girls to pay tribute to the departed ancestors during Pitri Paksha in Udaipur of Rajasthan and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh India. (image from Amazon)


This is Not a Film

It’s been months since Jafar Panahi, stuck in jail, has been awaiting a verdict by the appeals court. By depicting a day in his life, Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb try to portray the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

Also New This Week:

Foreign Features


Blue is the Warmest Color

Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.


La Vie De Boheme

Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies.



Poonam, a traditionally brought-up young woman, is to marry Prem, a groom chosen by her uncle. Poonam and Prem’s faith and love are to be tested however, when an accident occurs and Poonam might be scarred for life.

Foreign TV Series


Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi: Seasons 1-3

During the early 80s, Yeh jo hai zindagi was one of the biggest hit shows on Indian television. The episodes revolved around funny events in the lives of Ranjit and Renu, who are a married couple along with Renu’s unmarried and unemployed younger brother Raja. (image from

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