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Buddha.mov

Buddha.mov

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Indian auteur Ashim Ahluwalia’s protégée and frontrunner of a new wave of Indian filmmakers, Kabir Mehta moves into long-form storytelling after the international success of his short film "Sadhu in Bombay", which had its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. The Mumbai based director impresses with his vanguardism in a debut that is hard to label or classify.

Documentary turned fiction turned cross media project turned social experiment, "Buddha.mov" follows the life of Buddhadev Mangaldas, a cocksure 29 years old cricketer who plays for Goa. What initially seems to be a classical unidirectional observational documentary of a successful sportsman, quickly shifts into a more interactive piece when the cheerful and at times gullible protagonist of the film begins to linger with the camera, increasingly giving in to his hedonistic ego and in doing so unveiling the most private parts of his eccentric life and multi-layered personality.

From racing in his sports car to having sex in public, Buddhadev does all he can to flaunt his celebrity status and director Mehta’s attentive and vitriolic camera indulges his every whim serving as the best partner to fulfil his lust for recognition. Nevertheless the film never takes a critical stand as the director is more interested in studying how the subject interacts with the perception of his own identity and the actions and measures the cricketer takes to match his imagery.

Giampietro Balia

Kabir Mehta

studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar- a boarding school nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Always a devoted cinephile, Kabir was encouraged to pursue filmmaking professionally after unexpectedly winning a filmmaking competition organised by the Delhi University while he was studying Economics. His docufiction film titled "Sadhu In Bombay" premiered at the 29th European Media Art Festival where it won the ‘EMAF Award’ for best film. The film had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and subsequently won the award for Best Narrative Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Kabir’s first feature length project "BUDDHA.mov" won a grant at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016.

  

 

 

Filmography

  • Buddha.mov (2017)

Schedule

26.11.2017
21:30 - 23:07
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 101004
Guests (3)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Kabir Mehta, Producer Massimiliano Nardulli, Producer Aakash Bhatia
01.12.2017
21:45 - 23:12
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 151403
Guests (2)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Kabir Mehta, Producer Aakash Bhatia
03.12.2017
19:30 - 20:37
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 171802
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Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Country: India
Year: 2017
Duration: 67 minutes
Languages: Hindi, English
Director: Kabir Mehta
Producers: Aakash Bhatia, Kabir Mehta
Writer: Kabir Mehta
DOP: Kabir Mehta
Montage: Kabir Mehta
Cast: Buddhadev Mangaldas
Productions: Rescuers Film, Meta Motion Pictures

Synopsis

Director

Indian auteur Ashim Ahluwalia’s protégée and frontrunner of a new wave of Indian filmmakers, Kabir Mehta moves into long-form storytelling after the international success of his short film "Sadhu in Bombay", which had its North American premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival. The Mumbai based director impresses with his vanguardism in a debut that is hard to label or classify.

Documentary turned fiction turned cross media project turned social experiment, "Buddha.mov" follows the life of Buddhadev Mangaldas, a cocksure 29 years old cricketer who plays for Goa. What initially seems to be a classical unidirectional observational documentary of a successful sportsman, quickly shifts into a more interactive piece when the cheerful and at times gullible protagonist of the film begins to linger with the camera, increasingly giving in to his hedonistic ego and in doing so unveiling the most private parts of his eccentric life and multi-layered personality.

From racing in his sports car to having sex in public, Buddhadev does all he can to flaunt his celebrity status and director Mehta’s attentive and vitriolic camera indulges his every whim serving as the best partner to fulfil his lust for recognition. Nevertheless the film never takes a critical stand as the director is more interested in studying how the subject interacts with the perception of his own identity and the actions and measures the cricketer takes to match his imagery.

Giampietro Balia

Kabir Mehta

studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar- a boarding school nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. Always a devoted cinephile, Kabir was encouraged to pursue filmmaking professionally after unexpectedly winning a filmmaking competition organised by the Delhi University while he was studying Economics. His docufiction film titled "Sadhu In Bombay" premiered at the 29th European Media Art Festival where it won the ‘EMAF Award’ for best film. The film had its North American premiere at Slamdance Film Festival and subsequently won the award for Best Narrative Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival. Kabir’s first feature length project "BUDDHA.mov" won a grant at NFDC Film Bazaar 2016.

  

 

 

Filmography

  • Buddha.mov (2017)
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