Can Neither Stay Here, Nor Journey Beyond
India. 2020. 124 min
Set in the India of the 60’s, the film tells the story of the challenges facedby a young boy and a young widow who dream of getting out of their oppressive and suffocating lives. These characters are mirror image of one another while one dreams of moving to the city, the other is dreaming of a better life. Young Naga lives in a country side which is idyllic and serene but on a personal level he is subjected to all kinds of humiliation because of his cast and economic status. Young widow, though belongs to an upper cast, is deprived of all the good things in life because of the tradional practices and rituals. They both are dreaming of a respectable life in another society. Will their search yield result? The contrast and the contradictions in their dreams form the crux of the story.
Girish Kasaravalli has made 15 feature films in a carrier spanning 4 decades. All his films have won awards at national film festivals and international film festivals. 2003 Rotterdam had him director in focus. Retrospective of his films were held in some other festivals.
GHATASHRADDHA (The Ritual 1978)
TAI SAHEBA 1999
DWEEPA (The Island 2002)
GULABI TALKIES (2008)
RIDING THE DREAMS (2009)