The Elder One / Moothon

The Elder One / Moothon

Dir: Geethu Mohandas / 110 mins / India / “Malayalam , Hindi” / 2019

SYNOPSIS

Tired of his mundane existence in the Lakshwadeep islands, fourteen- year – old Mulla sets out in search of his enigmatic long – lost elder brother who was known to heal people through his magical Kuthuratheeb performances. Mulla’ s relentless search urges him to take a boat and cross turbulent waters to get to Mumbai. An unsparing yet inspiring vision of the down trodden decadent city through the story of two small town siblings, each with their own reason for escaping to the big city, in this urgent drama pondering gender, sexuality, violence and tolerance.

DIRECTOR & WRITER

GEETU MOHANDAS
Geetu Mohandas formed her film production house – Unplugged in 2009 which produced her directorial debut short fiction film titled ARE YOU LISTENING? The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and subsequently won 3 International awards for Best Short fiction as well as the National Film Award inIndia. Her first feature film LIAR’S DICE received the Hubert Bals fund for script and project development and the film was selected in Competition for the world dramatic competition at Sundance in 2014. Liar’s dice went on to win 6 major
international awards across the world and 2 National awards in India. It was also India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Her second feature, MOOTHON is mentored by the Sundance film lab and Geetu also won the Global film maker award in 2016 at Sundance. Moothon is having its World premiere at Toronto International film festival in 2019 and has been selected as the opening film at MAMI 2019.

CAST

NIVIN PAULY
Nivin Pauly is a very popular Indian actor and producer. He made his acting debut in 2010 and went on to be a part of several block busters in Malayalam and is one of the sought after superstars in South India. He won the Kerala state honours for best actor in a leading role in 2014.

SHASHANK ARORA
Shashank Arora is an Indian Actor, writer and musician. He is known for his roles in Titli, Brahman Naman and Made in Heaven. His films have premiered and competed at festivals
around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Locarno, Berlin, Toronto, and Venice.

DILEESH POTHAN Dileesh Pothan is a popular film actor and director. He has been a part of several successful ventures as an actor. Dileesh won the National film honours for best film in Malayalam in 2017.

SOBHITA DHULIPALA
Sobhita Dhulipala is an Indian film actor and classical dancer who made her debut with Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 that premiered at Directors fortnight, Canne s film festival 2016. She earned nominations at critics’ choice for best supporting performance in Cannes and best debut in Indian award shows. Subsequently, she has front-lined experimental, layered films like Kaalakaandi, Goodachari (Telugu) and Amazon Prime’s widely celebrated Made in Heaven and Netflix’s Bard of Blood.

ROSHAN MATHEW
Roshan Mathew is a popular film and stage actor, best known for his work in Malayalam films. He is currently working on Anurag Kashyap’s next, titled “Choked”. Roshan has appeared in numerous theatre productions and has recently directed his first play, “A Very Normal Family”.

MELISSA RAJU THOMAS

Melissa has been a part of several major theatre productions in Singapore. She recently wrote her first short film titled – “Faded”. As a model, she has done commercials for several popular brands. Melissa will next appear in Bejoy Nambiar’s “Taish”.

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