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Liar's Dice
World Dramatic

Description

Hindi with English subtitles, 2013, 104 minutes, color, India

It’s been five months since Kamala has heard from her husband, Harud, a construction worker at a dangerous and potentially corrupt urban worksite. Though others in their rural, snowbound village in Himachal Pradesh, India, know of men who started new families in the city and never returned, they urge Kamala to stay put and await his word. She refuses, stubbornly taking her young daughter, Manya, and her pet goat on a poorly conceived journey—to the regional capital, Shimla, and eventually Delhi—looking for her husband. Along the way, they encounter the mysterious Nawazuddin, who acts as a reluctant guide and protector to the pair for his own unclear motives.

Incorporating elements of road movies and slow-burn thrillers, established Indian actress Geetu Mohandas’s atmospheric, feature directorial debut examines the ominous undercurrents in contemporary working-class India, allowing the locations themselves to play a key role in the story. Ambiguity abounds in the mother and the stranger’s shifting intentions toward each other as Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s committed performances deepen the film’s exploration of the various forms resilience can take.

Director: Geetu Mohandas

Screenwriter: Geetu Mohandas

Producers: Alan McAlex, Ajay G. Rai

Co-producers: Geetu Mohandas, Rajeev Ravi

Cinematographer: Rajeev Ravi

Production Designer: Prakash Moorthy

Editor: B. Ajithkumar

Sound Design: Mohandas V. P.

Principal Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta

About the Director

Geetu Mohandas is a filmmaker based in India. In 2009, along with her director/cinematographer husband, Rajeev Ravi, she formed Unplugged, which produced her first short fiction film, Kelkkunnundo (Are You Listening?). The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and subsequently won three international awards, plus the national award in India. Liar’s Dice, which is a recipient of the Hubert Bals fund from Rotterdam, is her first feature film.

Schedule

1/18/2014 11:30 am
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 12:45 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 3, SLC
1/20/2014 10:00 pm
Redstone Cinema 2, Park City
1/23/2014 3:00 pm
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 10:00 pm
Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City