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Sexy Durga

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
India 2017 / 85’
Requiem for Mrs. J Sister of Mine

In Kerala in South India, boisterous celebrations are still held in honor of Kali. According to legend, Kali issued forth from the forehead of the goddess of victory, Durga, when the latter was angered by the sight of evil in the world. Durga is also the name of a young woman who, under the cover of the night, decides to run away with her lover, Kabeer. In order to catch their train, they have to take a page out of Blanche DuBois' book and depend on "the kindness of strangers." With no time to lose, they decide to accept a ride in a passing car. In his third, almost completely improvised film, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan plays with the conventions of road movies: combining scenes of shocking rituals with the claustrophobic atmosphere of a moving vehicle on a sweltering night, he shows how evil is imperceptibly born. Having in mind brutal attacks that have shaken his country in recent times, the Indian director does not offer any hope. 

Marta Bałaga

awards

Rotterdam IFF 2017 – Tiger Award

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan is an Indian director and poet. In 2001, he established the Kazhach Chalachithra Vedi association, which helps beginning filmmakers finance the production of independent films. In 2014, he won the Best Director Award at the Kerala State Film Awards, and, a year later, he captured the award for Best Film for An Off-Day Game, which was made without a script. His latest feature film, Sexy Durga, which was an award winner at the Rotterdam Festival, was almost completely improvised.

Filmography

2001 Athisayalokam (short)

2012 Frog (short)

2014 Oraalppokkam

2015 An Off-Day Game

2016 Sexy Durga

Cast & Crew

director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
screenplay Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
cinematography Prathap Joseph
editing Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
music Basil C.J.
cast Rajshri Deshpande, Kannan Nayar, Sujeesh K.S., Arunsol, Vedh, Bilas Nair
producer Shaji Mathew, Aruna Mathew
production NIV Art Movies
sales Reel Suspects
language Malayalam, Hindi
colouration colour