Movie poster of 'Chola' and Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
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S Durga director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola has been selected for the prestigious Venice Film Festival (August 28-September 7). The Malayalam-language movie, whose English title is ‘Shadow of Water’, is among 19 international productions picked for Horizons, which runs parallel to the main competition category. Four awards are given for Horizons titles, including for best feature, reported.

The prestigious festival is not only the oldest but also one of the three biggest film festivals in the world including Cannes and Berlin

Thanking his teammates, Sanal said, “This acknowledgment is huge. This makes all of us behind the film humble and more responsible.”
“It is a look into people’s mindset, how they react differently in peculiar situations, at times against all our expectations. The film studies such situations and our judgements during those times,” he added.

Chola is a “magical realist drama” about “two teenagers who run away to visit the big city, but end up having to spend the night in a bare bones motel, where their nightmare begins”, Screen Daily reported.

The film has been produced by Shaji Mathew and stars Nimisha Sajayan and Joju George.

Chola has some thematic similarities with S Durga, which explores the nightmarish journey of a couple who hitch a ride on a lonely night somewhere in Kerala, Sasidharan told “This film is trying to analyse the individual’s mindset, so in that way, it is different, and the treatment too is totally different,” he added. Sasidharan hopes to release Chola over the next few months, reported.

Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature Bombay Rose, another Indian presence at Venice is which will inaugurate the Critics’ Week sidebar section.

Sanal, who debuted with Oralpokkam, came into the limelight with his second film Ozhivudivasathe Kali, which raised important questions about caste oppression in the background of a drinking game by a group of men, reported The Hindu

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