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Films in Competition: Narrative Features

6 narrative feature films from France, Guatemala, Canada, Vietnam and India compete for the KASHISH 2019 Best Narrative Feature Award with Rs.30,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares

Boys

BOYS (Original Title: Jonas)

85 min / 2018 / France / French
Dir: Christophe Charrier

Two moments of Jonas’s life intertwine, each reflecting the other: in 1997, when he was a secretive teenager, and 18 years later, as an attractive and impulsive thirty-something looking for balance in his life. His life was turned upside-down when he was 15 and met Nathan, a charismatic friend who was both intriguing and daring. Now an adult, this memory still haunts Jonas and he’s unable to shake free of it.
Fri June 14th 10.00pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

Jose

JOSÉ

85 min / 2018 / Guatemala, USA / Spanish
Dir: Li Cheng

José lives with his Mother in Guatemala City – a typical lower-class existence in one of the world’s most dangerous, religious, and impoverished countries. While his mother’s life is her church, and selling sandwiches at a bus stop José spends his days on cramped buses and fighting traffic as he runs food to waiting drivers. Aloof and resigned to things as they are, he fills his free moments playing with his phone and random sex arranged on street corners and dating apps. When he meets Luis, a migrant from the rural Caribbean coast, José is thrust into passion and pain and self-reflection that was previously unimaginable.
Sat June 15th 5.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

Kattumaran

KATTUMARAN (English Title: Catamaran)

73 min / 2018 / India / Tamil
Dir: Swarnavel Eswaran

The film’s narrative revolves around the Tsunami-affected lives of middle-aged fisherman Singaram and his orphaned niece and nephew whom he deeply cares for. As Singaram works hard to provide for his family, he also tries to arrange a groom for his niece. But she rejects the many suitors he brings. Singaram soon learns that his niece is in love with her fellow female teacher. Ostracised by his community, Singaram tries to come to terms with his niece being a lesbian. In this process, he learns to empathize with the plight of the village barber, the transgender Alankaram.
Sat June 15th 11.00am | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

Roobah

ROOBHA

91 min / 2018 / Canada / Tamil, English
Dir: Lenin M. Sivam

Gokul, a perplexed young South Asian man is ostracized by his family as he tries to establish his gender identity. Desperate and unable to earn a decent living, he assumes the nom de guerre, Roobha, and walks the streets of Toronto. Roobha soon musters up a clientele. One day she is violently assaulted by thugs and left to die. She survives the attack and heals with the help of her transgender friends. Her encounter with the enigmatic Anthony leads to a rapturous romance. However, their blissful existence is short lived.
Sat June 15th 7:45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

sauvage

SAUVAGE

99 min / 2018 / France / Narrative Feature
Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet

Handsome and untethered Leo lives on the streets of Strasbourg and gets into sex work for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. Even when he falls for the bitter and bisexual Ahd who works on the other side of the road his love remains unrequited. Unsure about his future, he hits the road.
Sat June 15th 10.00pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

Song-Lang

SONG LANG

90 min / 2018 / Vietnam / Vietnamese
Dir: Camille Vidal-Naquet

Handsome and untethered Leo lives on the streets of Strasbourg and gets into sex work for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. Even when he falls for the bitter and bisexual Ahd who works on the other side of the road his love remains unrequited. Unsure about his future, he hits the road.
Thu June 13th 7.45pm | Liberty Carnival Cinemas

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