a film by Madhuja Mukherjee

2011, no dialogues with english intertitles, 62 min



Carnival  is my experiment with Love & Death, Fiction & Fact, Story telling & Plot,
Actors & On-lookers, Excess & Nothingness, Sound & Silence, Abstraction & Words, Moving Images and Trapped Moments, The Profound & the Profane. In Colour and Black-White. From Here to Nowhere…. Madhuja Mukherjee

Carnival takes place through four days. The film begins with the return of Babu to his hometown after the death of his mother. The compelling festivity juxtaposed with his father’s numbness seems to baffle him.
Carnival uses over saturated colour shots of Kolkata, along with well composed black and white stills of the characters. Certain ‘documentary’ elements are infused into ‘fictitious’ situations to produce the mood of ‘Carnival’ in the city, which is quirky, excessive and sometimes nauseating.

With Carnival, it's not anymore about what one tells, not even how it's being told, but about how a state of being or a feeling can be transmitted. It's about how every sense gets to have its own perception of the story and that the spectator doesn't have to understand the storyteller's story, but to understand Babu's state of being and to dissolve with him with the crowds of the Durga Puja in the streets of Kolkata.

Carnival is an independent-experimental film, which had its World Premiere at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam, under the ‘Bright Future’ category.

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Madhuja Mukherjee

Madhuja Mukherjee studied film, literature, music and the arts. She teaches Film Studies at Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India. She wrote and directed experimental films, creates graphic stories, and has created installations from drawings, photographs, objects or archive historical documents gleaned from the media industry. Madhuja Mukherjee is also part of the artist collective Shunyosthan and Performers Independent in Calcutta.