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Saturday, September 24, 2022 — 1:00 pm

@ CASTRO THEATRE

429 Castro Street

San Francisco, CA 94114 – MAP

(415) 621-6350


Amartya Bhattacharyya’s Adieu Godard

3rd i’s 20th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Pictured above: Adieu Godard (2021) by Amartya Bhattacharyya
Admission: $11 General/$9 Cinematheque Members
(note: Cinematheque members will receive discount code via email)
Advance tickets available here
presented in association with 3rd i

Part of 3rd i’s 20th Annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. Find more information on the festival here.
SCREENING: Adieu Godard (2021) by Amartya Bhattacharyya (India); b&w, sound, 83 minutes.

In this wry, arthouse dark comedy,  director Amartya Bhattacharyya pays homage to and draws inspiration from his favorite filmmaker, the legendary auteur Jean-Luc Godard and his early 1960s French New wave films. The elderly Ananda lives in a small village in the rural backdrop of Odisha in northeastern India. He has the reputation of being the village pervert for his obsession with porn, buying DVDs from a local seller and organizing frequent viewing parties with his friends, while ignoring the visible disdain of his wife and daughter. Things go awry for Ananda when his supplier, in a comical mistake, gives him a DVD of Godard’s Breathless, branding it as a “French pornographic film.” Ignoring his friends’ derision for the lack of nudity and sex, with Breathless, Ananda grows enamored with Godard films, so much so that he decides to hold a film festival of Godard’s films in the village. Adieu Godard provides a critical commentary on the conventions of commercial cinema. Bhattacharyya’s narrative technique of Godard vs. porn sets up the debate of cinema as an artistic medium vs. cinema as a distraction from daily menial drudgery. It also ponders the idea of where appreciation of art originates, and how it may not be constrained by the boundaries of socioeconomic class.

Winner – Best Director, Actor and  Screenplay – Sipontum Arthouse Intl Film Festival 2022
Winner – Best Film Bengaluru International Film Festival 2022
Winner – Best Film Golden Royal Bengal Tiger, Kolkata International Film Festival 2022
Winner – The “Dare to Dream” award at the UK Film Festival (UKAFF) 2022

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