CLOSING NIGHT: Sexy Durga
Director: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan Starring: Rajshri Deshpande, Kannan Nayer, Vedh Run time: 85 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15 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.
Please note this film has graphic scenes of ritual body piercing. “The south-Indian ceremony known as Garudan Thookkam renders homage to Kali and involves men in a trance state whose backs are pierced with large hooks and then dangled from grills attached to trucks and driven around the temple.”
The screening is accompanied by a filmmaker Q&A.
Sanal Kumar Sasidharan