OVID.tv’s March Releases: India’s leading documentarian Anand Patwardhan, Gianni de Gregorio’s latest film & more

Through March 12th on OVID.tv:
The Exclusive Streaming Premiere of 17 Films
by India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker
Anand Patwardhan, Gianni de Gregorio’s
Latest Film Citizens of the World & more!

OVID.tv, the curated streaming destination for documentary and art-house films from around the world, announces more additions to its wide-ranging selection of films in early March.

Highlights include: An exclusive, complete retrospective of 17 films (March 5) including Reason from India’s leading documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. On March 12th: Gianni de Gregorio, Italy’s laconic answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory (“Mid-August Lunch,” “The Salt of Life”) with Citizens of the World about three retirees who plot to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living abroad; Dominga Sotomayo’s Too Late to Die Young, called “Haunting” by The New York Times, follows an isolated community in Chile right below the Andes, building a new world away from urban excesses; From Denmark/Iceland, Hlynur Palmason’s Winter Brothers is a fateful tale of two brothers during a cold winter, one of whom distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals.

OVID, the streaming service for independent films, is available in the U.S. and Canada. 

Friday, March 5th

17 Films by Anand Patwardhan

OVID will present the complete filmography of Anand Patwardhan, for almost 50 years India’s most important – and to some, controversial – documentary filmmaker. 

From his first film Waves of Revolution made in 1974 through his most recent film Reason completed in 2018, Patwardhan has recorded the modern history of India and illuminated inconvenient truths of its society, from the injustices of poverty and the caste system, to the rise of militarism, Hindu fundamentalism and an extremist, repressive government. 

Reason: an 8 part documentary, 218 min, 2018
Jai Bhim Comrade, 169 mins, 2012
War and Peace, 135 mins & short version 93 mins, 2002
Fishing: In the Sea of Greed, 42 mins, 1998
A Narmada Diary, 57 mins, 1995
Five Films, music videos:Ribbons for Peace, 5 mins, 1998We Are Not Your Monkeys, 5 mins, 1996Occupation: Mill Worker, 22 mins, 1996Images You Didn’t See, 5 mins, 2006Children of Mandala, 5 mins, 2009Father, Son and Holy War, 120 mins, 1995
In the Name of God, 75 mins, 1992
In Memory of Friends, 60 mins, 1990
Bombay our City, 75 mins, 1985
A Time To Rise, 40 mins, 1981
Prisoners of Conscience, 45 mins, 1978
Waves of Revolution, 30 mins, 1974
Friday, March 12th

Citizens of the World
Directed by Gianni de Gregorio; Distrib Films, Feature, 2019
Starring Ennio Fantastichini, Giorgio Colangeli, Gianni di Gregorio
Italy

Three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meagre pensions will go that much further. Planning for the trip sees the trio trawl the pubs and restaurants of a sun saturated Rome and discover that even at an old age they can still learn one or two lessons about themselves and life. Gianni Di Gregorio, Italy’s laconic answer to Larry David, returns to the humanist comic territory of arthouse hits Mid-August Lunch and The Salt of Life with Citizens of the World, a warm and delightful reflection on life with characters you’ll want to spend many more hours with long after the credits roll.

Too Late To Die Young
Directed by Dominga Sotomayor; KimStim, Feature, 2018
Starring Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro
Chile / Brazil / Argentina / The Netherlands / Qatar

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families lives in an isolated community right below the Andes, building a new world away from the urban excesses, with the emerging the freedom that followed the recent end of the dictatorship. In this time of change and reckoning,16-year-old Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, neighbors in this dry land, struggle with parents, first loves, and fears, as they prepare a big party for New Year’s Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of nature.

Winter Brothers
Directed by Hlynur Palmason; KimStim, Feature, 2017
Starring Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears, Victoria Carmen Sonne
Denmark / Iceland

We follow two brothers working in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter focusing on the younger brother Emil, who distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. Emil is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved.

When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him.

Complete list of films premiering on OVID through March 12th (in alphabetical order):

Citizens of the World, Gianni de Gregorio, 2019
Too Late to Die Young, Dominga Sotomayor, 2018
Winter Brothers, Hlynur Palmason, 2017

Plus, 17 Films by Anand Patwardhan:

Reason: an 8 part documentary, 218 min, 2018
Jai Bhim Comrade, 169 mins, 2012
War and Peace, 135 mins & short version 93 mins, 2002
Fishing: In the Sea of Greed, 42 mins, 1998
A Narmada Diary, 57 mins, 1995

Five Short Films:

  • Ribbons for Peace, 5 mins, 1998
  • We Are Not Your Monkeys, 5 mins, 1996
  • Occupation: Mill Worker, 22 mins, 1996
  • Images You Didn’t See, 5 mins, 2006
  • Children of Mandala, 5 mins, 2009

Father, Son and Holy War, 120 mins, 1995
In the Name of God, 75 mins, 1992
In Memory of Friends, 60 mins, 1990
Bombay our City, 75 mins, 1985
A Time To Rise, 40 mins, 1981
Prisoners of Conscience, 45 mins, 1978
Waves of Revolution, 30 mins, 1974

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