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Aditya Vikram Sengupta
India, France, Singapore 2018 / 90’
Inland Sea Little Crusader

Confined to a hospital bed, 80-year-old Jonaki (in Bengali, ionaki means firefly), in the last moments of her life recalls her one great love. Her stern mother and father forbade her from getting involved with a young Christian; they wanted a different husband for their daughter, a wealthy man with his own business who was also the owner of the local cinema. The woman recalls the most important and at the same time the most painful moments of her life. She never loses her awareness of having lost the fight for her own happiness. Sengupta has made another love story set in India's post-colonial era. In long, static shots, he tells the story of a lonely woman who has never known love. The story is told in the same way memory operates: threads are abandoned, only to return to them sometime later. In Jonaki's memories, darkness prevails, the shadows are thick and widespread, and everything she thinks about is at the point of disintegrating.

Sławomir Wasiński

Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Aditya Vikram Sengupta was born in India in 1983. He has tried many forms of art, broadly understood: musical performance, theater, studying literature and working as a graphic designer. As he says, film combines all these interests. In 2014, he made his full-length debut with Labour of LoveJonaki made its world premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.


2004 Chhaaya (short)

2006 Dheel / Kite Flying (short)

2006 A Song of Innocence (short)

2007 Cigarettes Kill (short)

2014 Oczekiwanie / Asha jaoar majhe / Labour of Love

2018 Jonaki

Cast & Crew

director Aditya Vikram Sengupta
screenplay Aditya Vikram Sengupta
cinematography Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Mahendra Shetty
editing Aditya Vikram Sengupta, Jonaki Bhattacharya
music Alexander Zekke
cast Lolita Chatterjee, Jim Sarbh, Ratnabali Bhattacharya
producer Samir Sarkar, Catherine Dussart, Vikram Mohinta
production Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP), For Films, Magic Hour Films
sales Festival Agency
language Bengali, English
colouration colour