Niv Art Movies and Little Lamb Films join forces to produce a range of Malayalam and Bengali films. The first collaboration and co-production “Whispers of Fire & Water” is part of the Viewing Room and Film Bazaar Recommends segments of the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) 2022 ongoing Film Bazaar.
Whispers of Fire, written and directed by debutant Lubdhak Chatterjee, whose short film “Aahuti” was screened in Rotterdam in 2020, is a Hindi, Bengali and English language film set in East India. It follows a journey of an audio installation artist who visits the largest coal mining region in eastern India. There he encounters exhausting natural resources and a landscape shaped by fire and water.
Shaji and Aruna Mathew’s Delhi-based Niv Art Movies has previously produced critically acclaimed films, including ‘S Durga’, winner of the 2017 Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and ‘Chola’, which was screened at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. could be seen.
Mumbai-based Little Lamb Films of Bauddhayan and Monalisa Mukherji has produced indies including “The Cloud & the Man” (Tallinn Black Nights and IFF 2021) and “The Violin Player” (Raindance Film Festival, 2016).
The slate also includes Jiju Anthony’s “A Miracle of Love”, which was previously presented at Busan’s Asian Project Market in 2021. The film tells of a mother’s attempt to break through with her autistic child, and is inspired by Anthony’s personal experiences . Anthony previously directed “The Forsaken” (“Eli Eli Lama Sabaththani”).
Bapi Bit, who has been directing TV commercials for ten years, is preparing his feature film debut, ‘Bairi. The Hindi-Malayalam project is a story about the enmity between two fishermen with far-reaching consequences.