FREE Advance Movie Screening - TRISHNA

UPDATED 7/12/12: We now have 40 reserved seats to a private advance screening of TRISHNA, come join us for a night at the movies!

Admission to the screening is by RSVP here only - No entry without being on the invite list. Culture Club members may invite one (1) guest but you must indicate this when you RSVP as we are limited to the 40 RSVP seats. Please let me know the name of your guest when you reply to the question about who is going to the screening.

There is an Automatic Wait List for this event - if you are on the Wait List, please check your email and here on The Culture Club event web page to see if you have been bumped up to the RSVP list. A last moment cancellation up until 6:00P the day of the screening could mean you are going to be on the RSVP list for the movie!

Please be at the E Street Cinema (corner of 11th Street NW and E Street NW, Washington, DC (entrance on E Street)/Metro Center and Federal Triangle Metro stations) at 7:00P to check in. The screening starts at 7:30P sharp and latecomers will not be seated.  If you are not seated by 7:15P your seat may be given to other attendees, so make a point to be on time.

The screening check-in will be downstairs in the theater by the ticket takers (take stairs or escalator.) There may or may not be a greeter at the door to direct you to the screening.

Please do not RSVP unless you are definitely planning on attending. We have very limited seats available and we would like to see you there. If misfortune strikes and you cannot make it, change your RSVP to Not Going to let let someone on the Wait List take your place. The cut-off for RSVP changes is 6:00P on the day of the show, but please do not wait until then to update your status, do it as soon as you know.

While seats are reserved for us, it is likely that we will not all be able to sit together. I may recognize you or may not - please make the effort to find me and say hi so I know you are there!

Can you help? As we now have a significantly larger group attending, I would appreciate a volunteer or two to help with checking RSVPd members in. If you have ever thought about stepping up to be a Culture Club Organizer, this is your chance to try it out! If you would like to help, please shoot me an email by clicking on my event organizer link for this event above or through the list of all the organizers on the left side of the page.

AFTER THE SHOW - We have a tradition of going for a drink and conversation after screenings. Many of our members say that the after screening discussions have introduced them to interesting new places and new friends. While we generally choose upscale destinations, Monday evening we will drop in at Harry's Saloon across the street from the Cinema. The food is nothing special but the drinks are inexpensive and there is plentiful outdoor seating.

Immediately after the show, we will meet upstairs at the top of the theater escalator/stairs and then will walk across the street together. When you RSVP, please indicate if you are interested in joining us for a nightcap and dissection of the film!



Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Rating: R

Running time: 113 minutes


Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess D'Urbervilles, master filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's newest film stars Freida Pinto who soars as Trishna in her most revealing performance yet.

Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, FOUR LIONS) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father's request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna's affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threatens the young lovers' bliss.

Shot with Winterbottom's agile camera, TRISHNA is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life and ultimately a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes with beauty in all forms.

TRISHNA will open to the general public in Washington, DC on July 20 (Landmark E Street.)

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  • Bob

    Very grateful for the screening, and well worth attending.

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Peter for organizing and reserving the seats.
    The movie itself was a little disappointing. Great songs by Amit Trivedi. Nice cinematography, which managed to show the colors of India - both urban and rural. Except for the cameo played by Kalki, Amit and Anurag, there was not much acting. Freida herself was not showing any emotions for such a powerful main character. The last 20 mins was such a drag, with a guess on everyone's mind on one or two climaxes. (Unless you have read the book of course).

    July 17, 2012

  • Brenda

    Great to get the Free Screening. Too bad we didn't go out afterwards to discuss. Pretty good but depressing film. Thanks to Peter for organizing.

    July 17, 2012

  • Shushu F.

    very powerful movie!

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous cinematography and a broad musical score backed solid acting in this morality play set in modern India. In some ways paralleling "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" the film explores themes of fealty, caste/class relations and corruption. I thought the ending could have broke with Tess and been managed differently as Trishna's character was all too passive throughout the film to come finally to such abruptness. The narrative required more from Freida Pinto than soulful looks if we were to understand her. As it stands, the film required the audience to read much too much into it to get anything out of it. I am glad that everyone who came, came on time as the theater was almost completely full for the showing. Our group did not go out afterward as the late hour and the ending of the film proved equal deterrents to socializing for most everyone, but future screenings will be more conducive to a bit of socializing!

    July 16, 2012

  • Tara

    Wow, what a powerful film. We walked out of there shellshocked -- but in a good way. Lots of fodder for discussion.

    July 16, 2012

  • Rosina Di P.

    Peter I am very sorry that I missed this change to see the movie, I just got home and is to late

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please let folks on waitlist know by 4pm so they can make plans to get there on time. Thanks!

    July 16, 2012

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