Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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SPECIAL Presentations: As one aspect of MNM's support for the community, we are showing short animated films made by Sheridan students in the 
Computer Animation Program before the main feature.  
NOTE: You can watch all of the videos again by clicking on the links on the Sheridan page of this site.
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April 28:    Objective Perspective - Ben King - 2 minutes 13 
This is my final capstone assignment for the Digital Visual Effects program at Sheridan College. Modelling rigging and animating were done in Maya. Effects, lighting and Rendering were done in Houdini with Mantra. Compositing was done in Nuke. Thanks for watching.

To watch this video, click here.
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April 28: The Lunchbox

Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Year: 2013
Runtime: 104 minutes
Country: India
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
Rating: G

Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire) stars alongside the radiant Nimrat Kaur in Ritesh Batra's delightful feature debut, in which a mistaken lunchbox delivery paves the way for an unlikely romance. In Mumbai, home to over 18 million people, more than 5,000 famously efficient dabbawallas — lunchbox couriers — navigate chaotic streets to deliver lunches, lovingly prepared by housewives, to working men across the city.

Ila (Kaur) is a housewife living in a middle- class neighbourhood with a husband who ignores her. Saajan (Khan) is a beaten down widower about to retire from his number-crunching job. After Ila realizes that Saajan is receiving the meals meant for her husband, the two begin sending each other letters through the lunchbox.

What starts as an innocent exchange about Ila's cooking gently develops into something more. Outside the space of their daily lives, both Ila and Saajan feel free to express themselves in new ways, leading them both to question how they might find happiness.

Batra's The Lunchbox paints a nuanced portrait of life in contemporary Mumbai, effortlessly weaving themes of gender values, social class, and generational differences into its core love story. Batra's beautifully penned characters — including Aslam (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), the eager trainee preparing to take over Saajan's job — and gentle, precise direction simply envelope you.

Whether it's the cooking of a meal, the reading of a letter, or the riding of a crowded train, the film's small moments culminate in big impact. In a word: enchanting.

Watch the preview.
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This was the last film of the 2013-14 season. Be sure to vote for your favourite film in this space after the last film is shown.

See you in September for our 9th great season.
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