Balaji Vembu Chelli’s debut Nilanadukkam Tamil Movie is an experimental one. The movie has now achieved a milestone. It will be premiered at a prestigious film festival in Canada.
Montreal Festival Du Nouveau Cinema will show Nilanadukkam at its 49th year this October. It is one of the oldest film festivals and will happen between 7th and 18th October. This movie is the first ever Tamil flick to be premiered at this film fest, making it an honour for the filmmaker.
The film is set in a village named Kukkal, which is 40 km away from Kodaikanal. According to the director, it is an experimental movie that delves on a disaster and a mystery that surrounds it.
The director had said in an interview that his film’s story focuses on a photojournalist who is in search for his first big break. The role is played by Rajeev Anand. Rajeev played the lead role in Manusangada. The film also casts some of the theater artistes and local people of Kukkal. The screening date is not confirmed yet.
The movie is going to be screened in the Temps section at the film fest, informed the director. It is a competition section and the film can get an audience award too if it is acclaimed.
The Temps section motivates movie makers for making experimental films. Some movies of famous filmmakers like Abel Ferrara, Gaspar Noe, and the late Dennis Hopper will also be screened at that section.
Apart from Rajeev, Sasi Kumar Sivalingam, Suthan Rajji, Babu Ram, Semmalar Annam, and Vengadessian Ezhumalai are also there in the movie. The director himself along with two others is financing the movie.