Shelter of the Wings

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A l'abri de leurs ailes

Shelter of the Wings
(Charachar)

by Buddhadeb Dasgupta

India

 

A l'abri de leurs ailes

Director: Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Script: Buddhadeb Dasgupta after Prafulla Roy's novel

Cinematographer: Soumendu Roy

Editor: Ujjal Nandi

Music: Biswadep Dasgupta

Sound: Jyoti Chatterjee

Cast: Rajit Kapoor, Laboni Sarkar, Sadhu Meher, Indrani Haldar

Production: Shankar Gope, Gita Gope
Gope Movies Ltd (Calcutta)

Distribution:
Connaissance du Cinéma
122 rue La Boétie
75008 Paris
France
Tel: 0033 1.43.59.01.01
Fax: 0033 1.43.59.64.41
Mail: c-ducinema@wanadoo.fr

Year: 1994

35 mm, Colour, 86 min
OV BEngali with French Subtitles

Golden Lotus National Indian Film Festival 1994
Official Selection Berlin Film Festival 
Spezial Jury Prize and Audience Award Fribourg Film Festival 1995
Grand Prize Fukuoka Film Festival 1995

As his ancestors did, Lakha catches birds in the forests of Bengal for sellers who pay him little. Yet, Lakha is also a dreamer who loves birds. His young son told him he wanted to bury a dead bird to grow a bird tree the day before he died, and now Lakha frees all the birds, feeling so happy to watch them fly away. People around him do not understand his attitude and Sari, his wife, is feeling so neglected that she finally takes a lover. In a last attempt to keep her, Lakha agrees to go and sell his birds in Calcutta, but once there, he witnesses their sad destiny. After coming back, he has to make a choice, his home or his dream. Lakha's inner world resembles the one of an artist who does not want to make compromise with the world around him.

This poetical tale make us reflect upon our relationship with reality, upon the harmony between action and thought, being and appearing..

 
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