Archive of films Ananda / Ananda

Italy
2020, 60 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

In this film, Ananda doesn't denote the Hindu state of sublime delight, but instead refers to a tribe of eternally joyful children who have decided to live freely. The search for this elusive tribe forms the apparent axis of this skilfully edited video diary charting a journey through India. The filmmaker has chosen a personal perspective that allows him to rise above the stereotypical travelogue.


Synopsis

The director’s highly personal perspective lifts this documentary above the usual Western tourist travelogue. In Stefano Deffenu’s film, Ananda is not the state of sublime delight of Hinduism, but a tribe of eternally joyful children who have decided to live freely. The search for this elusive tribe forms the apparent axis of this skilfully edited video diary charting a journey through India. The traveler’s searching brings back memories of a disappeared, deceased twin brother and leads him to the very “margins” of the subcontinent, where he finds the myth-shrouded village of Malana, whose inhabitants strictly avoid foreigners. Through its dexterous combination of personal reflections, observations, and memories, the film oscillates between fiction and reality.

Vít Kořínek

About the director

Stefano Deffenu (1978, Sassari, Italy). Filmography: Faulas Medley (2005, short), ... And Then I Wake Up (2008, short), The Sound of Water (2009, short), Ananda (2020, doc.).

Contacts

Il Monello Film
Via Genova, 20, IT-07100, Sassari
Italy
Tel: +39 339 792 0183
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP
International premiere

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Stefano Deffenu
Screenplay: Stefano Deffenu, Bonifacio Angius, Pierre Obino
Dir. of Photography: Stefano Deffenu
Music: Francesco Simula, Luigi Frassetto
Editor: Stefano Deffenu
Producer: Bonifacio Angius, Stefano Deffenu
Production: Il Monello Film
Contact: Il Monello Film

Guests

Stefano Deffenu

Film Director

Bonifacio Angius

Producer


Pierre Obino

Screenwriter

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