The Comox Valley Art Gallery film series presents Sir, the fiction-feature debut from writer-director Rohena Gera, Wednesday, Feb. 13. Photo supplied.

Comox Valley Art Gallery film series brings Sir to Courtenay

Tickets are still available for the Wednesday, Feb. 13 (5 p.m.) screening of Sir at Landmark Cinemas.

The fiction-feature debut from writer-director Rohena Gera, Sir uses the charming, intimate story of forbidden attraction between a young widow and her wealthy employer to address the issue of class divide in modern India.

Ratna (Tillotama Shome) a soft-spoken yet ambitious woman who was widowed shortly after her marriage, makes the difficult decision to leave her rural village and head for the skyscrapers of Mumbai in order to provide for her sister back home. There she takes a job working as a live-in domestic for Ashwin (Vivek Gomber) a wealthy socialite from a family of builders, whose fiancée recently left him for another man. Ashwin seems to have it all while Ratna was raised in poverty — yet their outlooks on life could not be more different. Ashwin, who previously worked as a journalist in New York, contends with family pressures and concerns about social standing while recovering from his heartbreak. Ratna, though resolute and driven, harbours private dreams of becoming a tailor, hiding fabrics and designs in her cubby of the house. As they grow to understand and support each other emotionally, these two people from two different worlds learn to live and love again, together.

Touching and beautifully acted by its two leads, Sir — which elicited buzz after premiering at Cannes in 2018 — is a warm and poignant romance that presents an honest look at social hierarchy. Working with cinematographer Dominique Colin, Gera expertly contrasts the vast Indian countryside with the confines of Ashwin’s apartment, mirroring the economic and class constraints Ratna faces throughout her quest for purpose and freedom.

The film series, an ongoing fundraiser for Comox Valley Art Gallery, screens films from the Toronto International Film Festival through TIFF – Film Circuit.

Tickets are $14 for CVAG members and $15 for non-members.

To purchase tickets, drop by the CVAG Shop at 580 Duncan Avenue (Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5) or call 250-338-6211 ext 1.

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