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OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN

Director: Rajesh Shera
India   |   2008   |   84 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands’ children to the recent tragedy. Ignoring the overwhelming grief that washes over the islands, he continues to teach his few remaining students until a government official delivers a relocation order to all residents, causing him to embark on a heartbreaking search for his missing students, convinced they must still be alive. Blending exquisite vistas with the ubiquitous sound of the ocean to convey the precarious balance between human life and the inexorable forces of nature, Rajesh Shera’s debut feature quietly unfolds as a delicate meditation on grief and loss.

About the Director Rajesh Shera was born in Rajasthan, India. He has a master's degree in economics from Dehli University, and in 2005 he received a diploma in Film and Television, with a specialization in editing, from the Film and Television Institute of India. He has also edited and directed several short films. Ocean of an Old Man is his first feature.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011

Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Teacher - Tom Alter
Bioscope Man - Phalguni Gangopadhyaya
Old Man on the Island - Manik Lal Rakshit
Teacher's Wife - Iris Maja Tittlback
Woman in the Ceremony - Sipra Sarkar
Teacher's Daughter - Mui
Blind Boy - Raki

CREW

Director - Rajesh Shera
Writer - Rajesh Shera
Producer - Rajesh Shera
Cinematographer - Tapan Vyas
Editor - Rajesh Shera
Sound - Dara Singh, Atirek Pandey
Music - SaReGaMa
REVIEWS

"A well-meaning study of an old schoolteacher haunted by memories of the young students he lost in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami." -Variety

"Ocean of an Old Man is an exemplar of film festivals." -Hollywood Reporter

"In just about 85 minutes of its running time, Ocean of an Old Man succeeds in bringing on screen the physical and emotional devastation wrought by the 2004 tsunami. Having been shot on location in the Andaman Islands, the film provides the perfect backdrop for this poetic drama. The film is a sheer visual delight and cinematographer Tapan Vyas’ frame is a canvas – roots, spooky, leafless trees, a window frame, an abandoned church, a painted ship on a still ocean. The images dazzle, enhance the pathos and tell a story." -Real Bollywood

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
DHAKA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2009
Audience Award, BREDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Cinematography Award, AHEMEDABAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SIGNS - INDIAN FESTIVAL OF FEATURES AND NON-FEATURES
FILM BY THE SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2008
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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