Watch Stanley Kubrick's films under the stars at this film festival
City-based group, Film Culture Hyderabad, is giving film enthusiasts a reason to be excited, courtesy their eight-week-long Stanley Kubrick Film Festival. The two-year-old group has curated a list of eight films of the American filmmaker, which will be screened every Friday. Talking about why they chose Stanley Kubrick’s movies, Gopala Krishna, founder, says, “We initially wanted to screen one of his movies on his death anniversary (March 13). But we thought the right way to celebrate his excellency in cinema would be by dedicating a few weeks to his work and we also wanted to find the perfect location, thus the slight delay.” The film festival is being organised in an open-air amphitheatre at Apollo Theatre Foundation. “The venue has grass as the flooring. We, literally, get to watch the movie under the stars, unlike the usual theatres,” he adds.
It was in 2014 that Gopala felt the need for a film group in the city that brings together people with the same interest – cinema. “When I was in Mumbai, there were quite a few initiatives like this that helped build a network and interact with like-minded people. When I shifted to Hyderabad to pursue filmmaking, I could hardly find anything similar,” he shares. With the help of his friend, he started the Independent Cinema Space (later changed to Film Culture Hyderabad) in 2016. It garnered attention among cinema lovers with its three-day festival Nazariya that screened films focusing on issues related to women.
As a part of the Stanley Kubrick Film Festival, the group also hosts a brief talk before the screening to give the audience an idea about the theme of the film and about a 40-minute discussion post the screening. This week, watch Full Metal Jacket (1987), the drama action film starring R Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio and Mathew Modine. “We’ve been receiving recommendations and requests from regulars, asking if we can feature a few short films or docu-features. One such film, Rocks of Hyderabad, which talks about the history of rocks will be screened before the main film this Friday,” shares Gopal.
Entry free. On March 30, 6.30 pm onwards. At Apollo Theatre Foundation.