Dir : Jayan Cherian / India / 99 min / 2016 / Malayalam
Synopsis Three young people, Haris, a free-spirited gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and Haris’ object of desire; and their friend Sia, an activist who refuses to conform to dominant norms of femininity, struggle to find space and happiness.
CAST & CREW
Director, Scriptwriter & Producer: Jayan Cherian
Cinematographer: M J Radha Krishnan
Editor: Renjith Kuzhur
Music: Sunilkumar P K
Sound Designer & Mixer: Harikumar Madhavan Nair, B Harikumar, Arun Ramavarma
Cast: Naseera N M, Rajesh Kannan, Jason Chacko, Ashwin Mathew, Ayisha Nilampoor, Hareesh Peradi, Jayaprakash Kuloor, Adhithi, Nalini Jamila, Tintu Aryani, Saritha Cuckoo, Sheethal, Arundathi B, Jolly Chirayath, Deepa Vasudevan
DIRECTOR’S BIO Jayan Cherian graduated with honors from Hunter College, BA in Film and Creative Writing, and Master of Fine Arts from The City College of New York in filmmaking. His films have screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, BFI London Lesbian Gay Film Festival, NARA International
Film Festival, Rio-de-Janeiro international film festival, Kolkata International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and many other major festivals around the globe and won several awards. His critically acclaimed feature Papilio Buddha (2013) won: Kerala State Film SpecialJury Award for best direction 2013, Kerala Film Critics Association Award for Best Debut Director 2013, and Feature Narrative Award at Athens International Film+Video Festival 2013. The Shape of the Shapeless (2010) won: Silver Conch Award at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) 2012, Silver Jury Prize in San Francisco Shorts and Director’s Choice Award at Black Maria Film and Video Festival 2012.
Jayan’s filmography includes: Ka Bodyscapes(2016), Papilio Buddha(2013), Shape of the Shapeless (Documentary, 2010), Love in the Time of Foreclosure (Short, 2009), Hidden Things (Short, 2009), Soul of Solomon (Short, 2008), Capturing the Signs of God (Short, 2008), Holy Mass (Short, 2007), Tree of Life (Short, 2007), Simulacra the Reality of the Unreal (Short, 2007), The Inner Silence of the Tumult (Short, 2007), Hidentity (Short, 2007), and Tandava the Dance of Dissolution (Short, 2006).
Jayan Published four collections of poetry in Malayalam Ayodhanaththinte Achuthantu(Axis of Combat) (1996), Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil (Journey on the line of verse)(1999) Polymorphism (2002), and Pachakku (Like it is) (2006). Received many Awards for Poetry such as Kerala Sahitya Academy Kanakasri Endowment Award (2003)
for “Ayanam Vachana Rekhayil” and Mathan Tharakan Award for “Ayodhanathinte Achuthantu”(Axis of Combat) 1996.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT As a visual storyteller, I tell stories of the people whom I am familiar with, often draw my energy from social movements and contemporary history. I am interested in exploring how the identities being constructed, assigned, asserted and performed in various social realms.
It is a personal quest for me to make socially engaging films, during the process, I put my convictions and values as a human being in the trial and learn more about myself and people around me.
- BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, 2016
- Torino GLBT Film Festival, 2016
- NYIFF, 2016