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Girish Kasaravalli’s “The Tortoise” to screen at Toronto 2012

By NewsDesk • Published on August 16, 2012

The Tortoise, an Incarnation directed by Girish Kasaravalli will have its international premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012.

“In Girish Kasaravalli’s gently philosophical character piece, a humble, low-level civil servant cast as the lead in a popular TV serial chronicling the life of Gandhi finds uncanny echoes between his own life and that of the legendary leader — and sets out to correct their mutual failings,” is the synopsis of the film in an official press release.

Shambhavi Kaul’s 21 Chitrakoot, and Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia’s I Am Micro will be screened as part of ‘Wavelengths’, the festival’s curated presentation of the best in international avant-garde film and video.

“..Equally uncanny and visually enthralling is Shambvani Kaul’s 21 Chitrakoot, which exhumes a mystical land composed of 1980s chroma-key backdrops from a famous Indian television series. With barely tempered chaos, melancholia replaces nostalgia, while abstraction and narrative duel for eminence in a fractured, abandoned utopia.” (As stated in the press release)

“An exquisite essay on independent filmmaking in India, Shumona Goel and Shai Heredia’s shot-on-16mm I Am Micro has finally been blown up to 35mm — after languishing for far too long on video, as the closures of labs temporarily consigned its fate to a sad irony — allowing us to relish the astonishing beauty of its sulfurous images.” (As stated in the press release)

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