Tuesday, December 5, 2023

28th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)2023- International Competition section

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International Competition

Agra / Agra

2023 Hindi
India, France
Directors: Kanu Behl
Director's bio
After dabbling in radio, copywriting and acting, Kanu Behl studied at the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata, majoring in Film Direction. His first documentary 'An Actor Prepares' (2006) premiered in competition at Cinema du Reel, France. Next, he directed and produced the doc short 'Three Blind Men' (2007) for ZDF and ARTE, commissioned at the Berlin Film Festival. This was followed by 'Found Him Yet?' and 'Over Thresholds' (2008), documentary features commissioned by NHK, Japan. A Berlinale talent campus alumni and twice nominated for the Berlin Today Award, in 2010 Kanu dove into fiction. His first major foray was the critically acclaimed LSD (Love, Sex & Betrayal) which he co-wrote with Dibakar Banerjee. In 2014, his debut feature 'Titli' premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes, going on to win major 8 international awards including the NETPAC and the Best First Foreign Film (2015) from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. His follow up short 'Binnu Ka Sapna' premiered at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and won the prestigious Student Jury Award. His sophomore feature titled 'Agra', an Indo-French co-production with the prestigious Cinema du Monde film fund backing it, is set to premiere at Director's Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival. And he’s in post production on his third feature titled ‘Despatch’, starring Manoj Bajpayee and produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP. An international itinerant, Kanu's career is clearly divided into two halves - the early years grounded in a solid documentary influence, culminating in his fiction pieces which borrow from this deep love for creative documentary, both thematically and stylistically.
Guru (25), a sexually repressed young boy, lives in a small house in Agra. He sleeps in the same room as his mother, and on the upper floor his father lives with a mistress. Guru insists that he loves Mala, an imaginary girl, and will marry her and live with her in a room on the terrace just like his father. ‘Agra’ then, becomes the odyssey of a young Indian man’s sexual coming of age. As everyone fights for the terrace to be used for their own material gains, Guru struggles with his sexuality.
Details of Cast
Priyanka Bose (Leading Actress - Priti), Aanchal Goswami (Supporting Actress - Chhavi), Sonal Jha (Supporting Actress - Aunty Ji), Rahul Roy (Supporting Actor - Daddy Ji), Mohit Agarwal (Leading Actor - Guru), Vibha Chibber (Supporting Actress - Mummy Ji), Ruhani Sharma (Supporting Actress - Mala)
Details of Crew
Saurabh Monga (Cinematographer), Samarth Dixit (Editor), Pritam Das (Sound Designer ), Karan Gour (Music)
Producer Details
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vikram Mehra
Writer Details
Kanu Behl, Atika Chohan


 Courtesy:iffk website

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