QueerZagreb

24.5.2017

Natasha Mendonca (IND)

Jan Villa (20 min)
Čudna ljubav / Strange Love (75 min)

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Jan Villa (20 min, 16 mm, SAD i Indija, 2010.)
Nakon monsunskih poplava 2005. koje su potpile Bombay, redatelj/ica se vraća u svoj rodni grad kako bi ispitala kakav je utjecaj razorni događaj imao na nju osobno. Rezultat je Jan Villa, tapiserija slika koja proučava prostor post-kolonijalnih metropola, i duboko ukazuje na osobnu poziciju. Dekonstrukcija uništavanja kojeg su poplave učinile postaje pričanje i ukazivanje na druga razaranja te na svetišta obitelji i doma. U svojoj strukturi, Jan Villa je vrtlog, privlačenje svom središtu svega što ga okružuje.

Čudna ljubav
(75 min, DPC, Indija, 2016.)
Ajeeb Aashiq (Strange Love) je priča o neuzvraćenoj ljubavi, izdaji i prijateljstvu. Elegantan transrodan čovjek, pripadnik radničke klase, Khush susreće se sa Suman, pjevačicom iz Bollywooda, u suvremenom portretu Mumbaija. Film snimljen u stilu cinema-verite opisuje Khushovo putovanje na kojem postaje čovjek i Sunamovu kritiku hetero patrijarhata ispričanu njezinim kreativnim glasom. Intiman ton filma iscrtava uvjerljivo portret grada koji je u ravnoteži između siromaštva i klasne podjele te čežnje i potrage za utopijom.

Natasha Mendonca nagrađivan/a je redatelj/ica i vizualni/a umjetnik iz Bombaya (Indija). Diplomirao/la je sociologiju i antropologiju na koledžu St. Xavierovu u Bombayu u i magistrirala film i video na Institute of the Arts u Kaliforniji. Radove izvodi u formatima 16mm filma, videa, zvuka, fotografije i performansa, sve vezano uz teme hrane, spola, seksualnosti, cenzure i glazbe. Također radi kao kustos/ica, pedagog/inja i menadžer je glazbenog benda Suman Sridhar i Crna Mamba. Godine 2003. osnovao/la je Larzish - prvi indijski međunarodni filmski i video festival o seksualnosti i rodu sa sjedištem u Bombayu. U suradnji s umjetnikom Olafurom Eliasson, predstavljao/la je Indiju na London Olympics and Cultural festival 2012. Bio/la je član/ica žirija za Teddy, Berlinski međunarodni filmski festival 2004. te sudjelovao/la na Berlinale Talents 2017. Trenutno predaje film i umjetnost na Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.


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Jan Villa (75 min, DPC, Indija, 2016.)
After the monsoon floods of 2005 that submerged Bombay, the filmmaker returns to her city to examine the personal impact of the devastating event. The result is Jan Villa, a tapestry of images that studies the space of a post-colonial metropolis but in a way that deeply implicates the personal. The destruction wreaked by the floods becomes a telling and a dismantling of other devastations and the sanctuaries of family and home. In its structure, Jan Villa is a vortex, drawing to its center all that surrounds it.

Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love is award-winning filmmaker Natasha Mendonca's groundbreaking debut feature film. The world premiere screened at the 45th International Film Festival, Rotterdam, February 2016. The film was nominated for the Bright Future Award and described as exceptional, stimulating and original.
The cast of the film includes Mumbai-based Khush Mishra and singer-songwriter Suman Sridhar in a lead role with her original music alongside actor Jim Sarbh.
The film explores a modern portrait of gender identity, class and love in the bustling city of Bombay. It follows the intersecting lives of Suman, a punk, jazz and slam poetry vocalist, and Khush, a stylish transgender rickshaw driver in the process of transitioning to a male body. Unrequited love, betrayal and friendship underlie a larger narrative of city hustle as Suman explores what forms her artistic practice can take outside of the predominantly hetero-patriarchal Bollywood industry and Khush strives to make a working-class wage. Through its intimate gaze, Strange Love investigates how attitudes toward sex and relationships are shaped by mainstream entertainment and how these longings cut across the class divide.

 

Natasha Mendonca is an award-winning filmmaker and visual artist from Mumbai, India. S/he holds a Masters in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts. Natasha's short film Jan Villa, won the Tiger award at The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011, the Ken Burns award for the Best of the festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2011, a residency award at the Southern Panoramas competition, Video Brazil 2011 and the Adolfas Mekas award for Best Film, Experimenta, India 2011.

Her work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, (USA), London Olympics and Cultural festival Tate Modern (U.K) 2012, Centre Pompidou (France), Instituto Tomie Ohtake (Brazil), Los Angeles County Museum, (USA), NGBK (Germany) Kochi Biennale and the India Art Fair 2016.
Her debut feature film Ajeeb Aashiq / Strange Love explores gender, class and labour. The film has received the Hubert Bals Fund, 2011 for production and was selected to be part of Open Doors at the Locarno Film Festival 2011.

S/he was on the Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 and was part of the Berlinale Talents 2017. In 2003, s/he co-founded Larzish – India’s first international film and video film festival on sexuality and gender based in Bombay, India.

www.natashamendonca.com