I am waiting for the publication of the Film Festival Program due tomorrow. I am a Board Member and as an avid cinema goer the Festival is one of the highlights of my year. The quality of film on offer is always very high. Every year I find myself wowed by an off beat picture that I would probably struggle to come across in a multiplex.
By far the best film I think I have ever seen was such a screening. Deepa Metha's masterpiece Water completely blew me away. She is one of India's most controversial film makers and indeed Water, which is about Widow Houses in Varanasi, had to be made in Sri Lanka as the set kept getting burnt down.
The film itself is so powerful, so moving and so beautifully shot. I have never sat in a cinema watching this without some one crying a river beside me. This work has everything. Magnificent performances, a terrific script and Gandhi!