IndoGerman FilmWeek: Kasiminte Kadal (The small-town sea), IND 2021, R.: Shyamprasad mit Tashi, Harish Uthaman, Arya Salim, 122 Min, OmeU (Malayalam mit englischen UT), Deutschlandpremiere Mi, 4.10. 22:00
Kasiminte Kadal is a Malayalam feature, currently a work-in-progress.
The movie is based on the acclaimed novel by Anees Salim, one of the outstanding storytellers in contemporary Indian writing.
Uprooted from a bustling city, Kasim, the twelve-year-old protagonist of Kasiminte Kadal is replanted in his father's hometown where he struggles to cope with his new life. He reluctantly makes friends with Bilal, a boy who lives in the orphanage run by the local mosque.
Together, they embark on clandestine adventures while his ailing father - whose last wish is to die listening to the sea he has grown up by and written books about - rediscovers people from his childhood by accident. But his father's death unsettles the boy's life again, and he finds himself grappling with altogether unexpected challenges.
Lyrical and haunting, sharply funny and achingly sad, Kasiminte Kadal is a masterful tale of love, friendship and family from one of our most compelling filmmakers.