Specially curated film packages by Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

a still from film - Munroe Thuruth
A still from Munroe Thuruth
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 will host a series of specially curated film packages over the coming weeks. A set of films, selected by respected film critic Dr. C.S. Venkiteswaran, will be screened at the Pavilion in Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi, from Thursday (Dec 29) to Tuesday (Jan 3).

Titled ‘Tangentially Speaking – A Slice of Young Malayalam Cinema’, this section presents young filmmakers from Kerala who go beyond the norms imposed by commercial cinema and experiment with daring narratives in six hard-hitting Malayalam-language films: P.S. Manu’s Munroe Thuruthu (2015), S. Sunil’s Marubhagam (2015), Santosh Babusenan and Satish Babusenan’s, Ottayal Paatha (2016), Jayan Cherian’s KA Bodyscapes (2016), Sahir Ali’s  Kappiri Thuruthu (2016) and Manhole (2016) by  Vidhu Vincent.

The screenings will begin at 6.30 pm. There will be English subtitles.

Background of the film package

a still from the film KA Bodyscapes
A still from the film KA Bodyscapes
This package presents young filmmakers from Kerala who go beyond the dictates of the Market and State, ideologies and moralisms. They experiment with daring themes, fresh narrative styles and delve into the innards of Kerala society.

Working beyond the confines of the commercial film format, formulae and industry ‘norms’, these films extend the horizons of film language, and propose certain tangents that interrogate our taken-for-granted social and life-worlds.

Curator - Dr C.S. Venkiteswaran

Dr C.S. Venkiteswaran is a hugely respected film critic and documentary filmmaker based in Thiruvananthapuram. He has won numerous state and national awards for his criticism, includ­ing the National Award for Best Film Critic in 2009. His publications include A Door to Adoor (editor), Udalinte Tarasancharangal, Malayala Cinema Padanangal and Cinema Talkies.



Tangentially Speaking - A Slice of Young Malayalam Cinema
Curated by: Dr C.S. Venkiteswaran
Dates: December 29-31 and January 1-3
Venue: The Pavilion, Cabral Yard, Fort Kochi

Films at KMB 2016



Munroe Thuruthu – 29 December
India/2015/92 min/Malayalam with English subtitles
Directed by P.S. Manu
P.S. Manu and Munroe Thuruthu won, respectively, this year’s Aravindan Puraskaram for best debut filmmaker and the John Abraham Award for the best film. The film is a story set on the island of two worlds colliding: one of the grandfather and the other of the rebellious grandson. The film’s narrative unfolds through a series of baffling questions: how to distinguish truth from falsehood, freedom from a cage, crime from suspicion and lust from love?

Marubhagam – 30 December
India/2015/83 min/Malayalam with English subtitles  
Directed by S. Sunil
The protagonist is a drifter who floats through life, people, events and his surroundings while playing a host of roles. It is a tale of a nameless man – the stranger of our times – with whom one easily identifies. Flashbacks of his life unravel the conflicts of his mind in varied situations.

Still from Film - Ottayal Paatha
Still from Film - Ottayal Paatha
Ottayal Paatha – 31 December
India/2016/97 mins/Malayalam with English subtitles
Directed by Santosh aand Satish Babusenan
Ottayal Paatha is a story about the difficult relationship between a crippled father and son who live in a slum. The son decides to run away from home, but eventually things don’t turn out as he planned.
The unexpected events that follow frame the crux of the movie which takes place through the course of a day. 

​ KA Bodyscapes – January 1
India/2016/99 min/Malayalam with English subtitles
Directed by Jayan Cherian
Set in Kerala, India, the story explores the world of three friends who struggle to find their place in the world while surrounded by a community filled with misogyny and homophobia. Their search for freedom is constrained by the traditions and the conservatism of their society.
a still from the film Kappiri Thuruthu
A still from the film Kappiri Thuruthu
Kappiri Thuruthu – January 2
India/2016/118 min/Malayalam with English subtitles
Directed by Sahir Ali
Kappiri Thuruthu evokes memories of the Kochi of old and the popular singer Mehboob. It revolves around the belief in Cochin about an apparition that would cause people to panic.

A still from the film Manhole
A still from the film Manhole

Manhole – January 3
India/2016/85 min/Malayalam with English subtitles
Directed by Vidhu Vincent
A socio-realistic movie with a hard-hitting tale about manual scavengers in Kerala, the film revolves around the life of a family from the community, which is often isolated from society. The film depicts the alienation and social trauma faced by manual scavengers.

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