FIG FRUIT AND THE WASPS, Dir. M. S. Prakash Babu | India | 2014 | 90’
Gouri, a documentary filmmaker takes a journey along with her friend. She is trying to collect material for her documentary project on instrumental music. They go to a village with the help of a schoolteacher. They travel to meet an instrumental musician, who has gone some place elsewhere to give a performance. Both are forced to stay in the village till the musician returns. Film tries to capture the human attitude when they are placed in a condition/situation/environment which is familiar and at the same time unfamiliar. As the seemingly simple yet complex situations develop, how these characters fits in to a landscape and climate as much mental as physical. Some time “vision” isn’t what is visible, sound isn’t exactly what is heard.
M. S. PRAKASH BABU
M S Prakash Babu (born 3 November 1968) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and visual artist, known for his work in Kannada feature film “Attihannu mattu Kanaja” (Fig Fruit and The Wasps) which has been officially selected in the Competition and nominated for ‘Tiantan Award’ 2015, 5th Beijing International Film Festival. Trained as a Visual artist from renowned Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, West-Bengal, He worked as an illustrator and Graphic designer in Indian National Newspaper The Times of India.
In 2001 directed his first short film “Afternoon Song”. He had been awarded a Fellowship in the field of Visual Art ( Film/ Video) at Helsinki (Finland) under the UNESCO-ASCHBERG 2001-2002. Between 2001 and 2013 he written and directed five short films. His short films screened in major international film festivals like Tehran International film festival, Mumbai International film festival, Jordan International film festival, International film festival of Kerala. 35th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 2013.
In 2013, his first independent feature film “Attihannu mattu Kanaja” (Fig Fruit and The Wasps) was selected by NFDC for Film Bazaar’s Work-In-Progress Lab in 2013. Fig Fruit and The Wasps his directorial debut, has excelled and been honoured at several prestigious international film festivals since its completion,