Horror-fantasy ‘Tumbbad’ has become the first Indian film to open the prestigious Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week on August 29th 2018. The section’s artistic director, Giona Nazzaro, called the 19th-century-set film, co-directed by Rai Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad, a visionary fantasy film, rich in visual inventions, special effects and blood. A film that plays and dialogues with both modernity and tradition with extraordinary inventiveness, while also offering a sound political reflexion on the complex relations between the Indian subcontinent, the Western world and the postcolonial contradictions. A genuine surprise.
‘Tumbbad’, starring Sohum Shah in the lead role, is set to release in theaters worldwide on October 12.
Synopsis: India, 19th century: on the outskirts of a decrepit village called Tumbbad lives Vinayak, the stubborn, conniving bastard son of the village lord, obsessed with a mythical ancestral treasure. He suspects the secret lies with his great-grandmother, a cursed witch. Confronting her finally puts him face to face with the guardian of the treasure, an evil fallen god. What starts with a few gold coins, quickly spirals into a reckless, perpetual yearning spanning decade. As Vinayak’s greed escalates, it all comes crashing together in an epic reckoning.