CLOSING NIGHT: Sexy Durga
Director: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan Starring: Rajshri Deshpande, Kannan Nayer, Vedh Run time: 85 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Malayalam with English Subtitles | Year: 2017 | Country: India
The festival closes with a gripping film noir, white-knuckle ride. Sexy Durga won the prestigious Tiger Award for Best Film at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival and a host of other accolades worldwide. On a long and lonely midnight highway, North Indian migrant Durga and Kabeer, a Kerelite youth, are running away from their past. They hitch a lift, but soon realise that their all-male car hosts are seriously unhinged small time gangsters transporting arms. As their journey takes a sharp road bend into a surreal hell, complete with masked and mysterious Durga Puja festivities, the couple must fight to survive the night. Not to be missed.
The screening is accompanied by a filmmaker Q&A and presentation of the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award with a screening of the short film.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan