2009, India, 96’, Color, Marathi
Director: Paresh Mokashi
Cast: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale, Ketan Karande, Sandeep Mehta, Uday Lagoo
2010 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nomination-India
Phalke, a struggling magician (like fellow early silent filmmaker George Melies) soon meets with a host of unexpected challenges from raising money to finding a woman to play the Queen in his religious epic. Even the prostitutes that Phalke approaches are offended by the idea of being photographed for all to see. Mokashi gives the film a breezy feel with montage sequences shot in the jittery, sped-up motion of a silent movie from that era.
India’s Official Entry for the Oscar’s foreign language category, HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY celebrates the joy and wonder of the process of making moving images.