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The Honour Keeper

The light in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan makes the saris worn by the women on their way to the well appear even brighter than they already are. In this almost archaic seeming procession, Lajwanti remains hidden from sight behind her veil, until a man with an odd obsession for pigeons crosses the women’s path. Lajwanti’s curiosity is aroused, as she removes her veil and steps out of her invisibility. She becomes a woman of her own free will, no longer waiting fearfully to see if happiness will find her. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]

Asta Upset

The film is set in a modern day ‘Berlin Republic’ liberated from all irrelevancies. It’s about artistic production, the creative industries and above all film and cinema – a political manifesto in feature film format. It centres on Asta, tough, hardened by theory and immaculately styled right down to the emblems on her leather jacket, with current art scene jargon flowing elegantly from her lips. She’s no hippie broad, but rather a modern-day warrior, verbally sparring with legendary actress Hannelore Hoger, her ‘film mother’, about her hobby of urban gardening. After the relentless competition between curators over the funding for her exhibition ‘The Cinema! The Art’, for which Hannelore Hoger even whispers inaudible recommendations into the ear of the German President, Asta ultimately plumps for international backing from an Indian friend. He luckily happens to be with her out in the country when she bumps into her arch-enemy Ms Top Cultural Department Brass, a meeting with far-reaching consequences. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]