It was a packed house screening for renowned filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Dunkirk in Mumbai. A 70 mm IMAX film screening of Dunkirk was held at 6 pm at Carnival Cinemas, IMAX, Wadala and a 35 mm film screening of Interstellar at 8.30pm at Carnival Liberty Cinema, Marine Lines, where Nolan took the centre stage, last evening.Nolan is in India to support filmmaker-archivist Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, founder of Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) in drawing attention to the importance of celluloid in the digital age through “Reframing the Future of Film” along with noted visual artiste Tacita Dean.
The 47-year-old director first arrived for the screening of Dunkirk with his producer wife Emma Thomas and Tacita, Emma said Nolan always wanted to come to Indian with his film. Nolan said he was grateful for the welcome that he has received in India. “I have been to India before for a brief period for The Dark Knight. It is very exciting to be back here spending bit more time and for this great event that we have been doing with Tacita and Shivendra about ‘Reframing the Future of Films’,” he said. The director said he was happy to screen Dunkirk in India.Looking at the packed house, Shivendra, said, we want more 70mm films in India and requested Nolan to have a retrospective of his films. Later, they all arrived to equally enthusiastic audience for the screening of Interstellar. The director waved at the audience and thanked them for coming for the screening.”For us it is about the place of films in the future. And screenings like this are very very important in showing people movies the way they were shot, made and wanted it to be shown. ” Nolan said.