Once Upon a Time in Calcutta
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The 15th edition of the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival will feature, for the first time, a seat reservation system at cinema screenings for holders of passes and stationary accreditations. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 16 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of Wong Kar Wai's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
An enchanting, layered, meditative poem for the great metropolis, the cultural capital of the country, pulsing in the rhythm of the city and its inhabitants. People who are tired, and who have already been through a lot, but they are still hoping to find happiness and fulfillment. One of them is Ela, a former actress who, after the loss of her daughter, is seeking a way out through alcohol, and indifferently passes her husband in their apartment. This last spurt is supposed to bring her the freedom and change she so desperately needs.
The Turkish cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki (who worked with Ceylan on "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia") shows Calcutta as a city that is both repulsive and lyrically beautiful, frozen still and flowing with the rhythm of everyday life, dying but constantly being reborn, layer after layer.
The oneiric atmosphere of this quiet, yet epic film, which Sengupta based on the stories of real people and places from his hometown, rhymes perfectly with Wong Kar Wai's "In the Mood for Love." Dive into this world, breathe in the aroma of the night Calcutta and discover its secrets – you won't regret it.
Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Indian director, screenwriter and cinematographer, born in Calcutta in 1983, considered as one of the most intriguing filmmakers of contemporary Indian cinema. His debut "Labor of Love,"devoid of any dialog, premiered at the festival in Venice and gained critical acclaim. His next movie "Jonaki" was an international co-production and was streamed on Netflix. Together with his wife, Jonaki Bhattacharya, Segupta started a production studio For Films.
2014 Oczekiwanie / Asha Jaoar Majhe / Labur of Love
2021 Pewnego razu w Kalkucie / Once Upon a Time in Calcutta