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Summary

Film Title: In the Mood for Love

Event No : 26
Date of Screening : 08-Nov-2014
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Guest:
Sripriya Rajkumar

Direction:
Wong Kar-wai


Information

movie

The movie is about two people, Chow and Su, who become neighbours at an apartment and later discover that their spouses are having an affair. How does this discovery shape their lives? Does it culminate into a lovely romance, a blossoming friendship or nothing?

Language: Cantonese
Running Time: 98 min
Release Date: September 29, 2000
CBFC/MPAA Rating: PG (MPAA)
Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
Produced by: Wong Kar-wai
Written by: Wong Kar-wai
Starring:
Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
Music by: Michael Galasso, Shigeru Umebayashi
Shot by: Christopher Doyle, Mark Lee Ping Bin

About the Film

"In the mood for love" also known with its Chinese title "The age of blossoms" is the second instalment of an informal trilogy by Wong, the first part being "Days of Being Wild" (1991) and the last part "2046" (2004). Having premièred at Cannes Film Festival (2000) and nominated for Palme d'Or, the 98 minute romantic drama is set in a conservative backdrop of 1960s Hong Kong. The movie by itself is simple but its conception, making and the christening are like parts of a grand jigsaw puzzle falling into their places gradually. Known for his spontaneity, perfection and total commitment; when Wong decided to crack up his idea of a triptych movie, he was left with a story of a man and woman sharing their noodles and secrets. This concept was later polished and presented to us as "In the Mood for Love", which is about two people whose spouses are having an affair with each other.

Trivia

  1. The director never used a script for the movie. He would improvise with the actors on the sets as the shoot went along.
  2. Maggie Cheung wore 46 different cheong-san dress,one in each scene and she took 5 hours a day for make up and hair-do.
  3. The hotel room where Chow stays is 2046, which happens to be the next movie of the director. Also, the director had finished the editing just in time for its debut at Cannes.

Awards/Nominations

  1. BAFTA - Best Film not in English (Wong Kar-wai)
  2. Cannes Film Festival - Best Actor (Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
  3. Cannes Film Festival - Technical Grand Prize (Christopher Doyle , Mark Lee Ping Bin)
  4. Hong Kong Film Awards - Best Actor (Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
  5. Hong Kong Film Awards - Best Actress (Maggie Cheung )
  6. Hong Kong Film Awards - Best Picture
  7. Hong Kong Film Awards - Best Director and Screenplay (Wong Kar-wai)

About the Director

Wong Kar-wai is a film maker whose directorial debut was "As Tears Go By" and his only box office hit. Known for his spontaneous and dynamic way of working, he mostly worked without script and improvised on the spot during the shoot. A perfectionist by nature, he never settled for anything less than the best. This often resulted in long filming time and several reshoots.

His work "In the Mood for Love" had a very long gestation and an even longer making. Though his films were never a box office success, they succeeded in garnering critical acclaim with exhilarating and vivid imagery.

He is the first Chinese director to have won Best Director at Cannes. Apart from feature films, he has also directed short movies, television commercials and music videos. His contribution to cinema is not limited with his directorial skills; he has doubled up as a screen writer or producer for many movies.


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About the Guest

That Sripriya is one of the renowned names in Tamizh Cinema, is a very well-known fact. She holds records aplenty in terms of box-office as well as roles that fetched her, the much sought after critical acclaim. She has very few contemporaries who can match up to her achievement in pairing up with 3 of the 4 stalwart heroes of Tamizh cinema (Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth & only just missing out on pairing with MGR).

She took her love for the medium to the next level by foraying as a writer-director in Television & later on to the silverscreen as well. What really fascinates about her, apart from all the stuff mentioned above is that she did not stop with just cinema but ventured further into the arts. In spite of being a Chennai girl through & through, she could not read/write in Tamizh until she joined the film industry. She credits Vaalee & Kamal Haasan for inspiring her to learn Tamizh. Her quest for reading & writing Tamizh has taken her a long way and she has grown to the level of being able to write poetry on Mahabaratha now.

Having always had an interest in sketching & painting from her school days, Sripriya was able to devote time to this activity only after the completion of her long stint as heroine in the movies. In her school days, charcoal and pencil sketches were her favorite medium and she loved doing portraits and sceneries. She graduated from this to painting on marble tiles and, painting slender, elegant, beautiful women. Having lost people close to her to diabetes & cancer, she decided to paint for a cause, holding an exhibition to sell greeting cards having her pictures and donating the proceeds to charity.

She truly is person of minimal words and maximum action!


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