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Payal kapadia
And What is the Summer Saying
Experimental doc. | hdv | color and b&w | 23'0'' | India / | 2018
Namdeo has learnt to live off the forest from his father. He stares at the treetops, searching for honey. The wind blows and afternoon descends on the small village by the jungle. Women of the village, whisper little secrets of their lost loves. Never seen, and only heard. A strange smoke emits from the ground, like a dream of a time gone by.
Payal Kapadia is a Mumbai based filmmaker and artist. She studied Film Direction at the Film & Television Institute of India. Her work deals with that which is not easily visible, hidden somewhere in the folds of memory and dreams. It is between minor, ephemeral feminine gestures where she tries to find the truth that makes up her practice. Her much acclaimed short film Afternoon Clouds was India’s sole official selection in Cannes film Festival, 2017. This year, her experimental short And what was the Summer Saying had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival (2018). It also received the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (2018). Kapadia’s experimental short The Last Mango Before Monsoon was premiered at Oberhausen International Film Festival (2015), where she was awarded FIPRESCI award and Special Jury Prize. The film got her acclaims around the world including awards like Best Film and Best Editing at Mumbai International Film Festival (2016), Toto Award for Young Indian Artist, and Special Mention at Filmadrid.