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Sundance offers Merchant talk

'Conversations' kicks off 2nd season

Produced by the Sundance Channel, in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the second season of Sundance’s original series “Conversations in World Cinema” will launch Aug. 17.

Opener features a conversation with Ismail Merchant (“Howards End,” “A Room With a View”), who will discuss his native country (India), cinema and Paul Newman, as well as Merchant’s latest film “The Golden Bowl,” which stars Uma Thurman and Nick Nolte.

Monthly efforts

Each month the half-hour program will profile a different international filmmaker. Each episode will include an introduction to the filmmaker’s work, a segment in which he reflects upon his work and a conversation with the filmmaker and a studio audience.

Exec produced by Sundance Channel’s Adam Pincus and Liz Manne and Film Society’s Graham Leggat, series is hosted by Richard Pena, chair of the New York Film Festival’s selection committee. Those scheduled to appear during 2000 include Mira Nair, Agnieszka Holland, Olivier Assayas and Ang Lee.

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