Cinema at the Wilkinson Public Library

Cinema at the Wilkinson Public Library

imagesTelluride Film Festival Cinematheque at the Wilkinson Public Library, Monday, December 2. Pre-SHOW reception starts at 5:30 p.m. Screening at 6 p.m. 

The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library are pleased to continue the 2013-14 Cinematheque lineup: They Came to Telluride: Women Behind the Lens.

The popular series, programmed by Telluride Film Festival co-Artistic Director Gary Meyer, explores influential women filmmakers from the international stage, all of whom have attended the Telluride Film Festival with their work. As always, admission is free and patrons get to enjoy food, drink and lively discussion as part of the SHOW. Local cinephile and popular TFF Ringmaster Seth Berg will be on hand to introduce and discuss the film.

The series continues Monday, December 2, with “Salaam Bombay!” (Mira Nair, India, 1988, 113 min.)

Mira Nair, acclaimed Indian film director, burst onto an international stage in 1988 with “Salaam Bombay!”, her first feature film. “Salaam Bombay!” went on to win the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival, picked up a nomination for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and premiered stateside at the Telluride Film Festival.

Nair used the money made from the film to establish the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organization designed to assist and support the needs of street children. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award (India’s third highest civilian award) by the President of India.

“Salaam Bombay!” was shot on location in the streets of Bombay and features many non-actors. Krishna (Shafiq Syed) is a young runaway who is kicked out of his home and abandoned by a traveling circus. He makes his way to Bombay where he gets a job delivering tea and hopes to save enough money to return to his mother.

“Nair has been able to make a film that has the everyday, unforced reality of documentary, and yet the emotional power of great drama,” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

For a preview, watch the trailer:

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