ABODE (IDAM)

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 82 MIN • DRAMAMALAYALAM, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Jaya Jose Raj | scr.: Jaya Jose Raj| cin.: Pratap P Nair | ed.: Manoj Kannoth | art dir.: Firoz Nediyath, Kiran S Manjadi | snd & mus.: Subramanian K V, Dawn Vincent | cast: Seema Biswas, Hareesh Peradi, Anil Nedumangad, Abhija Sivakala, Leela Panicke | prod.: Jaya Jose Raj

JAYA JOSE RAJ

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 6:30 PM • SCREEN A

Bhanu’s life is a mixture of reality, dreams and hallucinations.

After losing her husband early on, Bhanu brought up her two sons by herself. When they got married and moved out, they left Bhanu alone in her husband’s house. On her 70th birthday, when her sons suddenly decide to sell the ancestral property from under their mother, Bhanu loses her balance in life. • Abode focusses on the loneliness experienced by elderly people — especially women — in modern society. The film offers an introspective journey into the conflicts, both external and internal, that an old woman must face as she is being tossed between the three sentiments that govern and ground her life: love, selflessness and willpower.

An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), JAYA JOSE RAJ has been active in visual media for over 20 years. He has scripted and directed 30 documentaries, short films and docu fiction serials, several of which have won awards and critical acclaim, including Leave No One Behind about disabled children in Bangladesh. His awards include the 2018 National Human Rights Commission Short Film Award, the 2018 NCERT National Award for Best Direction, the 2018 National Science Film Festival Award and the 1999 and 2016 Kerala State Television Awards. His works include Khalasis of Malabar — Men who move mountains, Kerala Kaleidoscope, The War and Morning Visitors. Abode (Idam) marks his featurefilm debut.