Malayalam movie 1956, Madhyathiruvithamkoor (Central Travancore), directed by Don Palathara, has been chosen for screening on the 42nd version of the Moscow Worldwide Movie Competition to be held in October. Movies reminiscent of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Swayamvaram and Venu’s Munnariyippu had been screened on the pageant up to now.
The movie, set round themes of migration and human-animal battle, is Don’s third work. He debuted in 2015 with Shavam, a darkish satire set in a family the place somebody has died. He has continued with that experimental streak in his second movie, Vithu, in addition to the newest one.
In line with Don, Moscow pageant director Kirill Razlogov wrote that the movie 1956, Madhyathiruvithamkoor “reminds us of the deep-rooted religious connections between India and Russia”.
“The movie is expounded to the migrations in Idukki and surrounding areas, and set within the 1950s. It’s a few group of people who find themselves out for a hunt and the occasions that observe. On the core of the story are two brothers, Onan and Korah, and their relationship. However on the similar time, the movie additionally seems at a bigger image, of the thought course of and psyche of the folks of these occasions and of that area, and the believability of various narratives,” Don instructed The Hindu.
Black and white tone
Similar to his earlier two movies, Don has chosen a black and white tone for 1956, Madhyathiruvithamkoor. “For any of those movies, selecting to do it in black and white was not a acutely aware choice. Whereas taking pictures Shavam, I felt that monochrome matches the practical remedy of that movie. Deep focus and black and white tone offers far more freedom to the viewer in the place to focus,” he says.
The Moscow pageant was imagined to occur in April, however bought postponed owing to COVID-19. Now, when it’s held in October, the organisers plan to have bodily screenings, in contrast to the web screenings at most movie festivals nowadays.
In the meantime, Don has nearly accomplished yet another movie titled Every thing is Cinema, one other experimental work.