LIFF | Shonajhurir Bhoot (Ghost of the Golden Groves)

22 June, 2019 8:00 pm | Stratford Picturehouse
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28 June, 2019 8:00 pm | Cineworld Leicester Square
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Director: Aniket Dutta & Roshni Sen
Starring: Joyraj Bhattacharjee, Soumyajit Majumder, Debleena Sen, Bidyut Das
Run time: 98 mins | Recommended Certificate: 15
Language: Bengali with English subtitles | Year: 2018 | Country: India

Surreal and unnerving, debutants Dutt and Sen deliver a fresh hybrid style to the sci-fi genre. In the first tale of this delightful diptych Shonajhurir Bhoot (Ghosts of the Golden Groves), strange nocturnal incidents begin to occur to a government officer from Kolkata visiting the Shonajhuri forest area – eerie lights, anonymous voices, sinister wailing and a random encounter with a polymorph, all draw him deep into the treacherous web of the golden groves. In the second, based on a story by Bibutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (Pather Panchali), a poor cook gets the caretaker’s job at an abandoned house in the same forest and must deal with “the others”. Equal parts homage to Japanese New Wave horror like Onibaba and Woman In The Dunes, and the cinema of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen, the film is breathtakingly original.

Pictured:  Shonajhurir Bhoot (Ghost of the Golden Groves) Film Still, Dir. Aniket Dutta & Roshni Sen

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Jun 22 2019

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