PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

The Cloud & the Man

Local title
Inimene ja pilv
Title in Russian
Человек и облако
Original title
Manikbabur Megh
Director
Abhinandan Banerjee
Country
India
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
Society, friendship, self-determination, solitude

Abhinandan Banerjee has done more in 30 years of life than some do in a lifetime. He started his creative writing and painting career at the age of 12, when he started contributing to newspapers. By the age of 15, he was a magazine editor and three years later he had his own publishing company. A brief detour into architecture studies ended instead with him diving into the world of film, although he is still involved in writing and graphic design. His first feature film draws attention with a peculiar world of thought, which the director has said to express his own philosophy.

Manik is a lonely middle-aged man who lives with his father, but with whom he has no contact. Instead, his life consists of taking care of his plants and ants, plus a spider and a lizard. But then a change happens in the man’s dull life – he notices a cloud in the sky that seems to follow him all the time. Life takes on a new, previously unknown value for him. Is it friendship or perhaps love?

A story of human loneliness in the city, with beautiful imagery and a refined style from start to finish. The film skilfully blends reality with heartfelt surreal poetry, evoking a question of feelings between the living and the lifeless.

Mihkel Möölman

Director
Abhinandan Banerjee
Screenwriter
Abhinandan Banerjee, Bauddhayan Mukherji
Cast
Bratya Basu, Debesh Roy Chowdhury, Nimai Ghosh, Arun Guhatharkurta, Chandan Sen
Producer
Bauddhayan Mukherji, Monalisa Mukherji
DoP
Anup Singh
Editor
Abhro Banerjee
Music
Subhajit Mukherjee
Production
Little Lamb Films
World sales
Outsider Pictures
Runtime
Language
Bengali
Subtitles
English, Estonian
Director
Abhinandan Banerjee

Abhinandan Banerjee alustas filmistsenaariumite kirjutamisega 19-aastaselt, kui ta oli kaasstsenaristiks kriitikalt tunnustust saanud Bengali filmile „Teenkahon“, mis pälvis parima stsenaariumi auhinna Kosovo festivalil (Bridge Film Festival). Viimased seitse aastat on ta töötanud mitmetes reklaamiagentuurides, lavastanud ja kirjutanud reklaamfilme, kujundanud filmiplakateid, kirjutanud lugusid raadiole ja episoode televisioonile. „Inimene ja pilv“ on tema esimene režissööritöö.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening060201 / Inimene ja pilv
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAbhinandan Banerjee - Director, Bauddhayan Mukherji - Producer
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Hall Electric Cinema
Screening072203 / Inimene ja pilv
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening081502 / Inimene ja pilv
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAbhinandan Banerjee - Director, Bauddhayan Mukherji - Producer
Q&A duration
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