India, 2007, 110 minutes
Sun, Apr 27 / 6:45 / Kabuki / FROZ27K
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High in the Himalayas, teenage Lasya lives with her father and younger brother in their modest ancestral home. Surrounded by the majesty of snow-capped mountains, her father ekes out a subsistence living making apricot jam with an antiquated press. Heavily in debt to a loan shark and approaching yet another moneylender, he resists an offer to clear his obligations in exchange for his daughter and house. The family’s problems are compounded by a Gurkha regiment that sets up camp next to them and eventually requires them to leave their home. Chandrabhushan’s feature film debut displays an ambitious style, redolent of his experience as a photographer and mountaineer. Shanker Raman’s high contrast black-and-white cinematography is visually stunning, while skillfully serving the director’s intent navigation of space. Whether focusing on speck-sized figures in a snowy Himalayan landscape or Lasya’s possibly real, possibly imaginary visions, Chandrabhushan glides between the exterior space where man lives with nature and the interior one where thoughts and memories interweave. The presence of the army, meanwhile, signals an ultimate invasion of space, a hegemonic force that will affect both the minds and bodies of the family as the film moves to its surprising conclusion.
In Hindi and Ladakhi with English subtitles. Presented in association with 3rd I. New Directors Prize contender. Sponsored by Factor Design.