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SOUL OF SAND (Pairon Talle)

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SOUL OF SAND (Pairon Talle)

Director: Sidharth Srinivasan
India   |   2010   |   98 minutes
Hindi, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

ON DVD: Summer 2012


Synopsis A watchman and his wife living at an abandoned mine find themselves trapped in the brutal schemes of their tyrannical landlord in this suspenseful, visually striking drama set on the urban outskirts of Delhi. When the landlord offers his daughter to a wealthy potential buyer of the mine, she and her lower-caste lover run away. The watchman reluctantly helps them, but a sinister masked killer dispatched to hunt down the runaways endangers them all. A searing take on the politics of caste and money in a rapidly developing economy, Sidharth Srinivasan’s eccentric thriller delves into the dark interstices between Indian modernity and tradition.


About the Director Sidharth Srinivasan was born in New Delhi, India in 1975. He graduated with a degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College at Delhi University. His debut short, Swamohita, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2000, and his first feature, The Divine Vision, won Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor at the Karachi International Film Festival in 2001. Soul of Sand is his second feature film.


Available Screening Formats DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information


Featured in the Global Lens 2011 film series.



CAST

Bhanu Kumar - Dibyendu Bhattacharya
Saroj Kumar - Saba Joshi
Lakhmichand Ahlawat - Avtar Sahni
Twinkle Ahlawat - Geeta Bisht

CREW

Director - Sidharth Srinivasan
Writer - Sidharth Srinivasan
Executive Producer - Aruna Vasudev
Producers - Sidharth Srinivasan, Divya Bhardwaj
Associate Producers - Anuj Gupta, Amrit S.
Director of Photography - S. Nalla Muthu
Editor - Sameera Jain
Sound - Nihar Ranjan Samal
Music - Jona Kompa
REVIEWS

"The precise digital cinematography and symmetrical compositions give it an aspect of gallery work, while the shades of electronic music mixed with Western classical instrumentation pull the film right into the present. This is a film of extraordinarily striking aesthetics." –Indiewire

"This young auteur has found a way to make films in India that feel urgent, relevant, artful and new." –Indiewire

"Pairon Talle is a savage stab at the ‘Shining India’ myth...Compellingly shot by S. Nalla Muthu on HD, the film draws powerful performances from Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Saba Joshi." –Forbes

“The early years of the 21st century seem to have brought forth a first cautious flowering of a new, independent, artistic Indian cinema. Slowly but surely, a new generation of Indian filmmakers seem to be reflecting Western auteur cinema, through the prism of their own culture – as demonstrated by recent feature films such as […] Pairon Talle (Soul of Sand) by Sidharth Srinivasan” –World Cinema Amsterdam

"Straying from the formulaic Bollywood approach to filmmaking about the emergence of a ‘new India,’ Soul of Sand delves into the political underbelly of Delhi's National Capital Region." –Buzzine Bollywood

"The film offers a seemingly authentic slice-of-life portrait of working-class people in a distinctive, even exotic (to American eyes) environment rarely seen in the movies that reach U.S. screens. But 'Soul of Sand' expands beyond such quotidian concerns to veer into melodrama and even exploitation territory, eventually transforming into a blunt sort of horror-art hybrid." –The Bloodshot Eye

"This timeless story, rooted in the age old Indian caste system, has been filmed in a modern way, in a direct, frank style that looks more western than Indian." –International Film Festival Rotterdam

"Set in an out-of-the-way corner of the National Capital Region—a prized area of urban growth and development in 'emerging' India—director Srinivasan’s scathing portrait of the politics of caste and money subverts the usual Bollywood melodrama formula with just a trace of the absurd." –MoMA

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2010
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Hubert Bals Fund Award, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
Official Selection, GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WORLD CINEMA FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART NEW YORK

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