Tahaan: A Boy With a Grenade / Tahaan
Santosh Sivan, India, 2008.
Directed by: Santosh Sivan
Script: Santosh Sivan, Ritesh Menon, Paul Hardart
Producer: Shripal Morakhia, Mubina Rattonsey
Production company: IDream Production
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Editing: Shakti Hashija
Music: Sunil Babu
Cast: Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Rahul Khanna, Sana Shaikh, Sarika, Victor Banerji, Ankush Dubey, Dheirya Sonecha
Running time: 105'
'Who does this land belong to?' is the key question that a hermit ask the Kashmiri boy Tahaan, promising him that the answer will bring back his beloved donkey, the only reminder of his missing father. The family was forced to sell the donkey due to their financial crisis. Searching for the answer, the boy sets off on a difficult path across the wild and charming Kashmiri countryside, which military conflicts threaten to destroy. It seems that the long sequences of mountains and plains and the frequent detailed shots of water, leaves and the play of light rays as filmed by director and master of cinematography Santosh Sivan, again reflect the key problems of the absurdity of privatising nature and destroying it in military conflicts.
Olympia International Film Festival – Best Feature Film, Best Film UNICEF Award, CIFEJ Jury Award
Asia Pacific Screen Awards – High Commendation (Category – Best Children's Feature Film)
Stuttgart Film Festival – The German Star Of India Award
Santosh Sivan was born in Trivandrum, Kerala. He has continued the family tradition in cinematography and film direction (following his father and both brothers). He has worked as cinematographer for many years which left a strong mark of visual mastery on all his later directorial projects, from his debut feature 'Halo' (1995) and the following 'The Terrorist' (1999), 'Malli' (2000), 'Asoka' (2001) and 'Before the Rains' (2007) to his last work 'Tahaan: A Boy With a Grenade'.
Location and screening schedule:
Europa cinema, Tuesday, October 19th at 12.30
Museum of contemporary art, Tuesday, October 19th at 18.00