Visionär screens the debut black comedy by Ruchika Oberoi: enjoy the flavour of today’s Mumbai

Visionär Monthly Screening goes on with a German Premiere! Don’t miss the appointment with the Indian cinema: the debut black comedy by Ruchika Oberoi will be in town only for one day! Be there on February 27 at Il Kino, 8 PM and enjoy with us the flavour of today’s Mumbai. Before the movie, the short movie General Dream by Dave Lojek and Linda Hecquet will be shown. “You better have fun!”
The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option…The second story begins with a domineering pater familias, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned; now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way… The third one centres on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day it arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.
The Hollywood Reporter wrote about this debut film:
“Three tragi-comic tales convey the flavour of today’s Mumbai.
The unique flavour of modern life in Mumbai is skillfully captured in the sly tragi-comedy Island City, which won best director laurels for filmmaker Ruchika Oberoi on its bow in Venice Days. Three very different stories coyly overlap in this sure-footed Hindi-language first feature, which entertains without deeply involving the viewer in the rather surreal characters’ dilemmas. Alienation is the common theme, but it is handled lightly and perceptively.”
Four confused immigration candidates explore a largely empty building. They speak four languages. Why does the telephone not work? Why is the money erased? Where are they going? This political architecture dramedy raises issues of religion, migration, and resistance. It is the first film of author and co-director Linda Hecquet and was produced at KinoEaters Reset in Lublin within 3 days.*** ISLAND CITY by Ruchika Oberoi, 111’min, India, 2015. Indian w/ English subtitles + GENERAL DREAM by Dave Lojek and Linda Hecquet, 7′, Poland, France, Germany, 2016.
French, Turkish, Polish, Italian w/ English subtitles. Dave Lojek will attend the screening. ***