The eighth edition of the Urban Lens Film Festival will take place online from November 18 to 21. Held in association with The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and Institut Français, its curated lineup of shorts and feature films explore what urban living really entails. This year’s titles, which include both Indian and international films, are divided into the categories of The City and Beyond, Covid-19, Conflict and Cinema, Student Films and Filmmakers In Focus. The festival will also host panel discussions about the urban experience and conduct masterclasses with filmmakers such as Tamara Stepanyan, Philip Scheffner and Nina Sabani. You can watch all the films being screened for free, all you need to do is register here first. Here’s what we recommend you check out:
1. About Love (2019)
Director Archana Phadke’s funny, warm and intimate 90-minute-long documentary follows three generations of her family living at their ancestral home in Mumbai. It premiered at the Sheffield Doc Fest in 2019, winning the New Talent Award. That year, it also won the Best Film Award at the Indian Film Festival of Stuttgart.
2. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
A French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) embark on a brief affair in postwar Hiroshima in this Alain Resnais film, with an Academy Award–nominated screenplay by novelist Marguerite Duras.
3. Tomorrow My Love (2021)
Bombay Rose director Gitanjali Rao’s animated five-minute-long short film is set against the backdrop of the pandemic and follows an elderly man who must keep his ailing partner company at the hospital. It premiered at the Locarno film festival earlier this year.
4. The Act of Killing (2012)
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this Joshua Oppenheimer film follows the leaders of Indonesian death squads that killed over a million accused communists from 1965 to 1966 and are now unrepentant. As celebrated figures in their country, they stage reenactments of their crimes.