Throne of Death

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The Throne of Death

by Murali Nair

India, England


Le trône de la mort

Director: Murali Nair

Script: B. Narakkal

Cinematographer: M. Radhakrishnan




Cast: L. Raman, V. Njarakkal, S. Thayat, J. Mitva

Production: Preeya Nair

Distribution: Mondo Films

Year: 1999

35 mm, Colour, 61 min, 
OV Hindwith French Subtitles

Caméra d'Or - Cannes 1999 - Un Certain Regard

Krishnan and his family, who have been seasonal labourers for generations, live in a small island community in Kerala. Driven by desperation because he is out of work, Krishnan steals a bunch of coconuts from his landlord. He is caught, imprisoned and suddenly finds himself accused of a murder which happened on the island several years ago. The people on the island are shocked.

It is election time and the politicians take up his cause to win votes. A new technology for killing people is introduced in the country: the "Electronic Chair". Developed with a loan from the World Bank and technological help from America, the Chair is seen as the epitome of a glorious death. The islanders and politicians join hands to demand that Krishnan be the first in the country to die by Electronic Chair.

This debut feature from a young director from Kerala, who never thought directing a movie, has won Caméra d’or at Cannes Film Festival din 1999.

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