Habitat Film Club


The Habitat Film Club was started in March 2000. A Member of the Federation of Film Societies of India, Habitat Film Club promises film buffs a rich fare of meaningful and entertaining films from across the world, Masterclasses and interactive sessions with Directors, Producers, Actors, Retrospectives and much more. Members are exposed to the wealth and variety of cinema - from the early classics to the works of the new filmmakers as well as refreshing departures in mainstream cinema. It also aims to facilitate for members insights into the history of cinema and awareness on contemporary trends. The film club's two standalone annual festivals, namely Habitat International Film Festival in March celebrating critically acclaimed International Cinema, and Habitat Film Festival in May showcasing award winning Pan Indian Cinema, have become indispensable forums for film lovers in the city.

Film Club Membership Fee

Annual FeeIHC MembersNon-Members
SingleRs 480/-Rs. 938/-
DoubleRs 720/-Rs. 1250/-
Student (Over 18 years)-/-Rs. 375/-

Membership Forms are available at the Convention Centre (Programmes Desk)

* Taxes as applicable will be added to the charges above.

Films This Month!

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    FILM CLUB SCREENING - Shoplifters (Japanese with Eng subtitles/2018/121 mins) Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda. A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold. A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. Followed by a discussion steered by Shubhra Gupta, film critic, Indian Express. Open to Habitat Film Club members’ only. Collab. The Indian Express Film Club.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM - Habitat Film Appreciation Forum screens Dreams (Japanese/ French/ English with Eng subtitles/1990/119 mins). Dir. Akira Kurosawa. A film of eight vignettes, inspired by Kurosawa’s own dreams, which explores myth, folklore and apocalypse. Introduced and discussions led by Anupama Bose, Visiting Faculty (Film Producing programmes), SRFTI and Whistling Woods, Curator and Distributor, Indie films.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM CLUB SCREENING - Kanchivaram (35mm/ Tamil/2008/117 mins) Dir. Priyadarshan. The movie depicts the struggles of the silk weavers in the town of Kanchipuram, as they live a perpetual ‘hand-to-mouth’ existence. It comments on the need for organised cooperative initiatives to safeguard the interests of the workers. Collab. Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of I & B, Govt. of India (DFF).

    Venue : The Stein Auditorium

    07:00 pm
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    DOC FILM - Meet LDF – A 3 day festival of screenings and discussions. K2 Touching The Sky (Polish/2015/72 mins) Dir. Elisa Kubarska. Close Ties (Polish/2015/18 mins) Dir. Zofia Kowalewska. Post screening discussion led by Vandana Kohli, film maker. Collab. Lakeside Doc Festival.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    DOC FILM - Day 2 of Meet LDF. Casa Blanca (Spanish/2015/60mins) Dir. Aleksandra Maciuszek. Helicopter – House Arrest (German/2014/39mins) Dir. Constantin Hatz. Post screening discussion led by Vandana Kohli, filmmaker. Collab. Lakeside Doc Festival.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    DOC FILM - Day 3 of Meet LDF. Happy (German/2016/ 85 mins) Dir. Carolin Genreith. Post screening discussion led by Vandana Kohli, film maker. Collab. Lakeside Doc Festival.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM CLUB SCREENING - The Sky Is Pink (Hindi/144 mins/2019) Dir. Shonali Bose. Spunky, teenager Aisha Chaudhary tells the love story of her parents spanning 25 years. Followed by an interaction with the filmmaker. Open to Habitat Film Club members' only.

    Venue : The Stein Auditorium

    07:00 pm
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    DOC FILM - Yoga for Health & Global Harmony (English/2019/28 mins) Dir. Benoy K Behl, historian, filmmaker and photographer. The film explores the true meaning of Yoga and its relevance in the modern world today. The film maker will be present for the screening and discussion.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM - Bebaak (Defiant) (Short film/Urdu/Hindi/2019/20 mins). Wri. & Dir. Shazia Iqbal. Based on a true story, the film is an exploration of the patriarchal notion of male agency over female bodies, constructed on a systematic theological idea that requires women to cover up, to be ‘more modest, respectful and acceptable’ by society. Screening followed by discussion with the film maker.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    Opera at Habitat Series - Beethoven’s Fidelio (sung in German with English subtitles/123 mins). As the year of Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary commences, Sunit Tandon introduces a live video film of his only opera. Florestan is a political prisoner. To rescue him, his wife, Leonore, joins the staff of the prison, disguised as a young man 'Fidelio'. The gaoler Rocco’s daughter, Marzelline, falls in love with this young man, rejecting the advances of her father’s assistant, Jacquino. Leonore finds her husband just before the prison governor, Pizzaro, attempts to kill him. She prevents this attempt by revealing her true identity, when a trumpet announces the arrival of the Minister for Justice, who saves the day.

    Venue : The Stein Auditorium

    07:00 pm
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    Due to unavoidable circumstances, the following screening stands cancelled. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.
    FILM CLUB SCREENING
    - Mouthpiece (English/2018/91 mins) Dir. Patricia Rozema. The film is a brilliant adaptation of the award-winning stage play by the same name. Cassandra, who is portrayed by the two women, expresses the opposing voices that exist inside the modern woman's head, during a 48-hour period as she tries to organize the affairs for her mother's funeral. The film digs deeply and personally into the roles women play and how societal expectations can muddy up their individual desires. This profound loss forces Cassandra to understand and respect the choices her mother made – giving up her job and dreams to raise two kids on her own. Collab. High Commission of Canada.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    Due to unavoidable circumstances, the following screening stands cancelled. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.
    FILM CLUB SCREENING
    - Genesis (French with English Subtitles/2018/127 mins) Dir. Philippe Lesage. A story of teenage half-siblings: Charlotte is reeling from her boyfriend’s proposal that they change to an open relationship, while Guillaume, a student at an all-boys boarding school is developing a romantic attraction towards his classmate. Their inexperience makes them unprepared for the consequences. The film showcases the inner turmoil of teens when they are learning to love while simultaneously learning to know themselves. Collab. High Commission of Canada.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    DOC FILM - Isha (Short Film/Hindi with English subtitles/2019/38 mins) Dir. Keshav Raina. The film tells the story of Isha, an autistic girl child who comes under fire due to family pressure and social stigmas. Followed by an interaction with the cast & crew.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM CLUB SCREENING - Aval Oru Thodar Kathai(Tamil/1975/162 mins) Dir. K. Balachander. The story revolves around a working middle-class woman, who sacrifices her life and desires to support her large family.A restored version of the classic. Collab. National Film Archives of India (NFAI).

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    MUSIC & TALK - WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC WALKS Nothing But Wind! Enjoy an evening of music on wind instruments by composers across time. A video-lecture by Nicholas Hoffland.

    Venue : Amaltas

    07:00 pm
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    FILM - AayiGayi (Docu /Hindi with English subtitles/2019/61 mins). Dir. Anandana Kapur. The film explores the complex relationships people have with the State, through the lens of electricity. Screening followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Collab. Kriti Film Club.

    Venue : Gulmohar

    07:00 pm
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    FILM - Nashist. SaigalAaye Basso Mere Mann Mein (Hindustani/2004/58 mins). Dir. Sharad Dutt. A film on legendary singer, K. L. Saigal, in commemoration of his death anniversary. Collab. Impresario Asia.

    Venue : Amaltas

    07:00 pm