SWANN IN LOVE (Volker Schlöndorff, 1984)

“Life is like an artist’s studio: full of half-finished sketches. We sacrifice everything to fantasies that vanish, one after the other.” The elephant in whatever room that Charles Swann imperiously walks into in late nineteenth-century Paris is the known fact that he is Jewish. He doesn’t belong in its elite ranks, but how can society […]

DANAV (Makrand Deshpande, 2003)

The title of writer-director Makrand Deshpande’s Hindi film Danav—which, incidentally, variously translates into English as Demon or Beast—pegs the film’s fabulous, mythological style as human nature and the supernatural cross paths, mostly in the mango grove of Thakur Rajah Sahab, where Lakshmi, the teen whom the rajah, obsessed, bought as a 7-year-old child, roams as […]