Belfast Film Festival

12th – 21st April 2018

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The Celluloid Man

Directed by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur

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As part of Film Hub NI Cinema Day we present a fascinating documentary that is a love letter to cinema...

This is the story of Mr P.K.Nair, a man who talks, eats, dreams and sleeps cinema. Lovingly known as Henri Langlois of India, P.K.Nair is the man behind archiving of many films in India.

Like the grown-up protagonist in 1988’s Cinema Paradiso, Nair is often glimpsed at whilst bathed in the glow of a flickering cinema screen as the film depicts a man with an all-consuming passion.  As physical film rapidly gives way to digital media, Celluloid Man’s illuminating and impassioned case for continual film preservation resonates deeply.

In the Celluloid Man we have a delightful and insightful documentary that is above all else a love letter to cinema itself.