April 14, 2013
"Elippathayam," an award-winning film by Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, will get a free screening at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lubar Auditorium at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive.
Gopalakrishnan will be at the screening, which is tied to the creation of the Adoor Gopalakrishnan Film Archive and Research Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The UWM Foundation, on behalf of the school's Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres, is acquiring and curating the filmmaker's works, which include 11 feature films and more than 30 documentaries and shorter works. The archive is designed to be a resource to preserve and show Gopalakrishnan's works, which are noted for their nontraditional approach to sensitive subjects. The effort also includes funding for those studying the filmmaker's work.
Other works by the filmmaker will be screened each year.
Made in 1981, "Elippathayam" ("Rat-Trap") chronicles changes in everyday life in Kerala, a state in southwestern India. The movie, filmed in the region's dominant Malayalam language, received awards in India as well as from the British Film Institute.
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