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Director: Bijukumar Damodaran
Year: 2018
Duration: 140′
Language: VOSE
Genre: Drama

A crew led by a hit Bollywood filmmaker arrives in a remote Himalayan village to shoot a song and dance sequence. Soon they find themselves cut off from the outside world after torrential downpours and landslides and forced to go through some intense and unforgettable experiences. How those eventful days under siege, affect the thoughts and priorities of the filmmaker, forms the central theme of the film. The film was presented at the International Film Festival of Kerala 2018, the Dhaka International Film Festival 2018, the Montreal World Film Festival 2018 and the Hanoi International Film Festival 2018. It was the winner to the Best Screenplay award at Aurangabad International Film Festival 2019 and to the Critics awards at the Oporto International Film Festival 2019.

Bijukumar Damodaran, also known as Dr.Biju, is a three-time National Award winning screenwriter and filmmaker from India. The eight feature films he has done over the last one decade have fetched five national film awards, four Indian panorama selections, thirteen kerala state film awards and many other national and international accolades. Dr Biju’s films are screened in many reputed film festivals around the world including Cannes, Montreal, Cairo, Iran, Shanghai, Eurasia, Telluride, Jeonju, Tallinn, IFFK, IFFI and NYIFF. “Painting Life” is his first English film shot entirely in the Himalayan state of Sikkim with a truly pan Indian cast and crew from more than ten different states.


Tuesday 5th November