Kalsubai

  • Yudhajit Basu
  • India
  • 2020
  • 20 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

Mythical past and everyday present meet in this ethnographic film at the foot of the Indian mountain Kalsubai. A woman’s voice tells the story of the legend of the goddess Kalsu, who shook the foundations of the patriarchy and is still praised in song by the women of the village.

The legend extends into every corner of the static, square shots with which this visual poem rhymes and contrasts against the forested mountainside and everyday life of the village women. Sometimes the flow of the images into one another is barely noticeable, like layers of time imperceptibly sliding over each other. At other times, the fable-like setting clashes with the modernity of a television set, or the shadow of windmill blades sweeping across the landscape.

As crickets chirp in the background, the slow pace and minimal movement are a meditation on the way a legend is embedded in a community and resonates across time.

Credits

  • 20 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Marathi
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Yudhajit Basu
Production
Film and Television Institute of India
Cinematography
Rachit Pandey
Editing
Gourab Mullick
Sound Design
Utsav Ghosh

IDFA history

2021
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests

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