art and cinema


“Self Portrait” & “Red Head” by Deepti Naval

I think I’m best at self portraits and I paint the faces hard, lonely and morbid. They are hard because they reflect what goes on in my head. It’s difficult to pin-point what inspires these – one day, I was clearing my shelves and came across a beautiful, smiling picture from an old film. I looked at the mirror and said, “I don’t smile like that any more.” That’s when a visual flashed in my mind and I began painting the woman in ‘Main Zinda Hoon’, the scene where she is in the mental asylum in the last scene, sitting in a daze, on the swing, in her imagination, talking to her dead father. I put a placard in her hand that read, Lapatta, on which was stuck this beautiful sparking sepia picture.


“All current art is fake. Nothing is original.”

Cate Blanchett makes another grab for Greatest Living Actress status, playing 13 different roles in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto, coming to Tribeca 2017 this month.

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Congratulations to Moonlight (2016), dir. Barry Jenkins, for winning Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.  

“At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you’re going to be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.”