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Funny Boy

Deepa Mehta
Canadá / India / Estados Unidos / Sri Lanka
 - 2020
Closign Film
Out of competition
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Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, FUNNY BOY explores the awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie set against the backdrop of the civil war. As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, the boy comes of age in a society and family that refuses to embrace differences outside of societal norms. The film mirrors the oppression of the Tamil people with the marginalization Arjie suffers because of who he is and who he loves. FUNNY BOY chronicles a country torn apart by fear and abuse of power, while Arjie’s struggles to find balance and self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding.

Deepa Mehta

She was born in Amritsar (India) in 1950 and graduated in Philosophy from the University of New Delhi. In 1988 she co-directed the feature film ‘Martha, Ruth & Edie’ and three years later she directed her first solo work, the Cannes-awarded movie ‘Sam & Me’, which participated in the 36th Valladolid Festival. In 1994 she achieved great international success with ‘Freda and Camilla’, selected to take part in Valladolid’s 39th Film Week. In 1996 her film ‘Fire’ opened her award-winning trilogy with ‘Fire’, which was followed in 1998 by ‘Earth’ and later by ‘Water’, nominated for an Oscar in 2007 and winner of the Youth Award at Valladolid Film Festival. She returned to Seminci in 2012 with ‘Midnight’s Children’ (Best Cinematography Award), in 2015 with ‘Beeba Boys’ and a year later with ‘Anatomy of Violence’.

TECHNICAL DATA

DIRECTOR
Deepa Mehta
SCREENPLAY
Shyam Selvadurai, Deepa Mehta
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Douglas Koch
EDITOR
Teresa Font
MÚSIC
Howard Shore
PRODUCED BY
David Hamilton, Hussain Amarshi
PRODUCTION COMPANY
Hamilton-Mehta Productions
CAST
Ali Kazmi, Nimmi Harasgama, Brandon Ingram, Arush Nand, Agam Darshi, Seema Biswas, Shivantha Wijesinha, Rehan Mudannayake, Hidaayath Hazeer
RUNNING TIME
109 min.
FORMAT
Color
TIPE
Largometraje
COUNTRY
Canadá / India / Estados Unidos / Sri Lanka
YEAR OF PRODUCTION
2020
CONTACT
Hamilton-Mehta Productions
+1 416 516 0899

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