SECOND SCREENING NOW AVAILABLE AT $12: Saturday, February 22, 9:00PM, Goethe Institut
Australia/ 2012 / 85mins (not in competition)
Directed by Penny Vozniak
East Coast Premiere / Followed by a skype conversation with Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Chained) and refreshments.
In 2008, Hollywood’s prodigal daughter, Jennifer Lynch, traveled to India to direct Hisss: a creature-feature film about the vengeful snake Goddess Nagin. But things went wrong very quickly. Perhaps there is a good reason why Hollywood and Bollywood have never blended like this before.
With uncensored candour, Lynch can only cheerlead and watch with part hope, part despair as her beloved Hisss strays further and further away from her original vision. Surrounded by a team of truly wonderful Indian crew, her twelve-year-old daughter, and a cast of Bollywood stars, she does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters.
Almost 20 years after the critical and commercial annihilation of her debut feature, “Boxing Helena,” helmer Jennifer Lynch emerges as the strikingly candid subject of “Despite the Gods.” Filmed in India while Lynch was directing the trouble-plagued India-U.S. co-production “Hisss” (2010), this is a penetrating, highly entertaining portrait of Lynch as an artist and single mother living through the despairing lows and exhilarating highs of filming on the subcontinent. Mining territory similar to such moviemaking-is-hell essays as “Lost in La Mancha,” Penny Vozniak’s first docu is a natural for fests” Richard Kruipers, VARIETY.
Screens with the accompanying short:
Directed by Jun Iwakawa (UK/2013/4:30mins)
A humorous, often warped, info-graphic guide to caring for a newborn baby that combines factual information with the imagination and personal experiences of director and first-time father, Jun Iwakawa.