30 September, 2020

Of Course He Cannes

Murali Nair debuts by picking up the Golden Camera award

Of Course He Cannes
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And so Murali Nair's Flying Elephant takes off. Two years of remarkable success as a TV producer in Britain, and nobody noticed. Now, the Camera d'Or (Golden Camera) award at Cannes film festival for the first feature film from his company, Flying Elephant, has brought in its wake the first traces of limelight. And Nair has become a filmmaker to watch - along with his films.

Sure, the Golden Camera, given to a debut film screen in any of the Cannes sections, isn't quite as big as the coveted Palme D'Or - which went this year to the Belgian production Rosetta. And Cannes isn't Hollywood - over the years, it's becoming even less like glitzy Hollywood. But this is still the place to watch for a filmmaker who has something different to offer. And different Murali Nair is, with his mix of bizarre symbolism and an unfailing feel of everyday actuality.

Take Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death), his prize-winning entry screened in the 'Un Certain Regard' section at Cannes. The central character, Krishnan, is jailed for stealing a coconut and finds himself charged with murder and...

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