Deaf Crocodile Films and Gratitude Films Announce Acquisitions of Award-winning Sri Lankan Historical Drama “Gaadi – Children of the Sun” and Scathing Indian Education Satire “Boomba Ride” for North America

Persevering with their dedication to releasing difficult new arthouse and impartial movies from India and Southeast Asia, Deaf Crocodile Movies and Gratitude Movies announce the acquisitions of GAADI – CHILDREN OF THE SUN and BOOMBA RIDE following spectacular pageant runs for each movies. The flicks are slated for theatrical launch this fall adopted by digital launch by way of companion Grasshopper Movies for TVOD / SVOD.

From Prasanna Vithanage, one among Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed administrators, comes GAADI – CHILDREN OF THE SUN, a sweeping historic drama of imperial politics, faith, caste, gender, and inconceivable love. Set in 1814 throughout the period of repressive British colonial rule in Ceylon (trendy Sri Lanka) and the final days of the Kandyan kingdom, GAADI begins with a collaborationist English agent convincing the native Sinhala Buddhist the Aristocracy to try to overthrow the rival Tamil king. The next navy catastrophe forces a Sinhala noblewoman, Tikiri (Dinara Punchihewa, in her debut position) to decide on between suicide and marriage to a low-caste outcast Vijaya (Sri Lankan star Sajitha Anuththara, in an irresistible efficiency). “Come down out of your palace, expensive princess – come all the way down to marry the outcast,” chant the mocking villagers as Tikiri is brutally (and actually) stripped of her jewellery and superb garments. Within the vein of Lina Wertmuller’s SWEPT AWAY, the 2 polar opposites are slowly pressured to depend upon one another for survival within the dense Sri Lankan forests whereas the political battle between Tamil and Buddhist Sinhala armies tightens the noose round them. With gorgeous cinematography by Rajeev Ravi (GANGS OF WASSEYPUR). In Sinhala language with English subtitles.

Says director Prasanna Vithanage, “To convey the story of outcasts of Ceylon to the display screen took nearly three many years. It was a protracted journey. I’m thrilled to know that lastly the movie will discover its theatrical viewers within the US and Canada, due to Deaf Crocodile and Gratitude Movies.”

BOOMBA RIDE, 2021, India, 76 min. From GOD ON A BALCONY director Biswajeet Bora, BOOMBA RIDE is a scathing comedian satire of corruption in India’s rural training system – and one 8-year-old boy (newcomer Indrajit Pegu, in a exceptional efficiency) who is aware of tips on how to rig the sport for himself. Impressed by a real story, the movie was shot within the state of Assam on the banks of the Brahmaputra River with a largely nonprofessional solid. The story revolves round an impoverished college the place there is just one (unwilling) pupil, Boomba. Determined to maintain their jobs and funding, the lecturers wind up bribing the hilariously emotionless and uncooperative boy to point out as much as class, whereas Boomba’s secret want is to attend the better-funded college on the town the place a barely older and really fairly woman simply occurs to be a pupil. In Assamese language with English subtitles.

“BOOMBA RIDE is a movie that could be very near my coronary heart. I used to be born and introduced up in rural Assam. I’ve witnessed comparable sorts of tales on the market the place the government-run faculties haven’t any correct services {that a} college ought to have,” feedback director Biswajeet Bora. “I consider solely by rising consciousness and taking accountability for educating our poor and underprivileged courses, can we make a change in a broader method. Making the movie wasn’t straightforward as I shot with non-actors and in addition there had been language boundaries amongst us. Nevertheless, I regard it as one among my greatest experiences to this point as a result of individuals across the village had been very true and harmless, which actually touched my coronary heart. The situation of the village was as pristine as it’s seen and most apparently we shot in actual areas with native individuals. The protagonist Boomba is equally harmless and it is onerous to consider that he hasn’t seen a theater corridor in his life. I consider individuals will join with this seriocomic narrative, which is nothing however a refined illustration of a real-world that really exists in right this moment’s world.” 

“We’re thrilled to be releasing these two exceptional films that display among the phenomenal vary and creativity in Indian and Sri Lankan filmmaking proper now,” says Deaf Crocodile Co-Founder and Head of Acquisitions & Distribution Dennis Bartok.  “Prasanna Vithanage’s GAADI is such a lush and visually gorgeous portrait of political battle, caste battle and the conflict of faiths in Sri Lanka’s historical past. Conversely, Biswajeet Bora’s BOOMBA RIDE is a movie concerning the smallest of topics – a rural Indian college with one hilariously uncooperative 8-year-old pupil – but it surely’s so fantastically noticed and acted, with an authenticity that comes from Bora’s personal Assamese background.”

“There are such a lot of superb movies from all over the world that hardly ever get seen right here within the US,” feedback Craig Rogers, Deaf Crocodile Co-Founder and Head of Put up-Manufacturing & Restoration. “Heartfelt, essential tales that deserve a wider viewers. I’m very happy with our partnership with Gratitude Movies and our efforts to broaden individuals’s view of cinema and of the world.”

Deaf Crocodile and Gratitude just lately launched Indian director Pushpendra Singh’s mystical feminist drama THE SHEPHERDESS AND THE SEVEN SONGS (Laila aur satt geet) which opened theatrically at MoMA in NYC for an unique 1-week run, adopted by Digital launch by way of Grasshopper Movies. The movie was hailed in Selection as “Abandoning conventional narrative and bringing highly effective new that means to a lot of what has preceded it, this spellbinding association of picture and sound finds Laila coming into a mystical dimension the place identification and future are hers to outline and decide.” Deaf Crocodile and Gratitude will quickly be releasing first-time Indian director Achal Mishra’s luminous, FANNY & ALEXANDER-like portrait of three many years in an prolonged rural household’s life, THE VILLAGE HOUSE (Gamak Ghar).



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