(extract from the latest Film India Worldwide Cannes Special issue)
A personal life scarred by broken relationships pushes Vivek, the protagonist, to strive for
redemption. Inspired by O’Henry’s short story, the film traces the protagonist’s thoughts and life through a nine-minute display.
Vincent Jose, from Palghat, Kerala, is a doctor by profession. He took to books and films in 2006 while pursuing his MBBS from the Government Medical College, Trivandrum. His 2011 debut short Violet screened at the International Short Film and Documentary Festival of Kerala. Life Sentence, his second film, screened at the Delhi International Film Festival, 2012. He says, “I’m excited that my film has reached Cannes Short Film Corner. It is a dream come true.”
India, 7.7mins, Tamil
Direction, script, producer Guhan Senniappan; camera Niketh; script Guhan Senniappan, Siddarth Prakash; editor Kripa Purushothaman; music Sundaramurthy; cast Vijay Bhaktha, Balu, Nirmal Lawrence, Crystal Lopez, Rangaraj
Agham, an artist who entertains people through his sketches, hides his scarred face fearing ridicule. But when he reveals it by accident to a family, their reaction saddens him. A dejected circus joker teaches him the true nature of beauty and the worth of a beautiful heart.
Chennai-based Guhan Senniappan, a graduate in Visual Communication from Loyola College Chennai, has made short films from his college days and is well known in the Tamil film industry. He says, “Cannes, every filmmaker’s dream, is for me the quenching of a thirst from years of work. Mirages may come but the reality is what I craved for and the reality is Cannes.”
India, 2012, 7 mins, HD, Telugu
Direction, script, camera Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam; editor Harikanth Gunagamari; music Shravan; executive producer K Ranjith Kumar; producer Vinoothna Geetha Media; cast Ritu Verma, Kireeti Damaraju, John Kottoly
A tryst between true love and the Indian way of arranged marriages, this film through a series of events, conveys whether Ritu will follow the man of her dreams or tie herself to destiny.
Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam has directed short films such as The Method, Artist’s Poem and The Journey besides many corporate films. Working at present on a feature film for the Telugu Industry, he says, “If a film shot in 48 hours lands in Cannes, we believe there is a lot of potential within us to make better films and, more importantly, showcase stories about our culture to a global audience."
This debut short is set in new urban India, where moral values are still traditional. Radha is troubled and indifferent. Anand placates her through humour and charm which makes her blurt out the truth, furthering Anand's dilemma. Things will never be the same between them.
Kolkata raised, Mumbai-based Sandipa Rakshit schooled in Rabindranath Tagore’s Shantiniketan, obtained her Bachelors in Russian (Hons) from Delhi’s JNU and Masters in Communication Studies for HCU, Hyderabad. She has directed TV feature stories for leading companies and also documentaries for UNICEF. She speaks seven languages, is a photographer and sports enthusiast. She says, “The 2013 Short Film Corner is a brilliant platform to be in, offering extra encouragement to independent directors who believe in shorter forms of story-telling.”