KD

CANADIAN PREMIERE

INDIA • 2019 • 123 MIN • DRAMA TAMIL, ENGLISH SUBTITLES

dir.: Madhumita | scr.: Madhumita | cin.: Meyyendiran Kempuraj | ed.: Vijay Venkataraman | art dir.: Immanuel Jackson | snd: Subhash Sahoo | mus.: Karthikeya Murthy | cast: Mu Ramaswamy, Yog Japee, Nagavishal | prod.: Vikram Mehra, Siddharth Anand Kumar

MADHUMITA

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 3 PM • SCREEN A

80‑year‑old Karuppu “KD” Durai suddenly wakes up from three months in a coma to overhear his family planning

to kill him by performing the ancient euthanasia ritual “Thalaikoothal.” Hurt, heartbroken and afraid, KD runs away from the only home he has ever known. On an aimless path with nowhere to go, he runs into 10‑year‑old orphan Kutty. Kutty is everything KD isn’t: smart, spunky and full of life.

The fiercely independent Kutty encourages KD to chalk  out a bucket list and start living for himself. Thus begins an

eventful road trip of this unlikely pair — an old man running away from his family and a young boy who never had one!

  • In the ritual known as “Thalaikoothal,” bedridden old people are given extensive oil massages, then made to drink litres of coconut water, causing pneumonia and eventually death. Although the ritual is illegal, it has received covert social acceptance in remote parts of South India and is sometimes done with the consent of the person involved. KD deals with a fundamental right: the right to live.

MADHUMITA is a prolific Indian writer-director, primarily working in the Tamil language film industry. Her first short film, Abstract Identity, won the BBC Award in the Best in the World category. After studying direction at the New York Film Academy, she briefly worked on Pirates of the Caribbean III. As a director, Madhumita recently completed a Tamil–Telugu bilingual feature, Moone Moonu Varthai/Moodu Mukkallo

Cheppalante, and, as a creative producer, a Hindi feature, Tadka.