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All about the mind

S. R. ASHOK KUMAR

Six films screened at the short film festival recently explored human psyche.



IDEALS AND COMPROMISES: Birthday

Six films screened at the short film festival organised in the city recently by Amjath Akilan Meeran drew attention for discussing the layers of mind.

"The Solitary Sandpiper," directed by Ajita Suchitra Veera, is a story where reality and imagination are separated by a thin line. A young woman loves birds. In order to escape monotony, she goes to a palace at the edge of the lake. It happens to be the place where once upon a time lived a princess.

``The film explores a certain state of mind, the human need for inner freedom. A desire for liberation from the modern day life and to be close to nature. I think as a filmmaker I've been interested in understanding the human experience, which is supreme. And I've tried to recreate that experience through the `Solitary Sandpiper,'" said the director.

Depression factor

"Distance" directed by Mamallan is about three persons who undergo a transition period in their personal lives. They are distanced from each other and yet they communicate. ``I wanted to convey the state of mind of the two characters that undergo stagnation in their personal lives. For me they resemble the intrinsic factor of depression in the young society today... the girl in the film stands for mobility. For this I used a method that fragments them through time, space and of their personal trauma that is hidden in-between. Poet Aathmanaam's verses and Guru Dutt's `Pyaasa' gave me the inspiration," explained the director.

Existential problem

"Birthday," directed by K. Muthukumar, is a film based on one of the stories of Basheer. The theme is the conflict between ideological positions and reality. It is a conversation about a writer, who undergoes existential problems, makes compromises and redeems himself by exposing himself through the story he writes.

``The film doesn't talk about anything in particular. But it does have various layers," said the director.

``Pre-Mortem," directed by Wrik Basu, is about Vikram, a software specialist, who has recently lost his wife, He becomes a recluse until he is forced to come out of his shell in order to save another human being.

In a beach hotel, a day before the new year, a few people undergo different emotions in their rooms. ``00:00," directed by Wrik Basu, relates the experiences of these people.

"Girni" by Umesh Kulkarni revolves round Samir a 10-year old, who lives in a chawl in a metropolis in India, with his widowed mother and grandfather. An easily alternative to earn money comes in the form of a grinding machine. The machine brings with it, its horrible, incessant and oppressive noise that not only takes away the physical space but the mental space as well of the whole family. Samir's innocent mind, however, is alert to this oppression and rebels against it.

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