|Directed by||Prasanth Vijay|
|Produced by||Nikhil Narendran|
|Written by||Anish Pallyal, Prasanth Vijay|
|Music by||Basil CJ|
|Cinematography||Amith Surendran, Udhaii Thangavel|
|Edited by||Jiji P Joseph|
Iceskating in Tropics, Brownhorse Productions
Athisayangalude Venal (English: The Summer of Miracles) is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language drama film directed by Prasanth Vijay. It is produced by Nikhil Narendran under the banner of Iceskating in Tropics and has Chandra Kiran GK, Reina Maria and Arya Manikandan in the lead roles. Chandra Kiran won a Special Jury Mention for his acting at the 48th Kerala State Film Awards and was declared the Best Actor of the 2018 Singapore South Asian International Film Festival. The film won the best debut award at the 2018 UK Asian Film Festival.
The film is about a nine-year-old boy's obsession to become invisible, his relentless efforts to achieve that and the consequences of his actions on people around him.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Chandra Kiran GK as Anand
- Reina Maria as Meera
- Arya Manikandan as Gayathri
- Jeet Minifence as Balakrishnan
- Richin Thomas as Aravind
- Rajeev Ramakrishnan as Ajaya Ghosh
- Printo as Madhu
Crew[edit | edit source]
- Directed by: Prasanth Vijay
- Written by: Anish Pallyal, Prasanth Vijay
- Directors of Photography: Amith Surendran, Udhaii Thangavel
- Edited by: Jiji P Joseph
- Music: Basil CJ
- Production Design: Nandan
- Sound Design: T. Krishnanunni, Sandeep Madhavam, Jiji P Joseph
- Sound Mixing: T. Krishnanunni
- Location Sound Recording: Sandeep Madhavam, Jiji P Joseph
Awards[edit | edit source]
- Best debut film - UK Asian Film Festival, London
- Best actor - Singapore South Asian International Film Festival: Chandra Kiran GK
- Kerala State Film Award – Special Mention : Chandra Kiran GK
- Film Bazaar Recommends 2017
- Arun Kumar Memorial Audience Award - Valluvanad International Film Festival
Film festivals[edit | edit source]
- 19th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, 2017 (World Premiere)
- 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala, 2017
- 20th UK Asian Film Festival, 2018 (International Premiere)
- 18th New York Indian Film Festival, 2018 (US Premiere) (Nomination - Best Child Actor)
- 7th Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, 2018 (Australian Premiere)
- 2nd Singapore South Asian International Film Festival, 2018
- Festival of Contemporary Malayalam Cinema (Pune, New Delhi), 2018
- 10th Regional International Film Festival of Kodungallur, 2018
- 4th Regional International Film Festival of Kottayam, 2018
- 9th International Film Festival of Kannur, 2018
- 4th Valluvanad International Film Festival, 2018
- 13th International Film Festival of Thrissur, 2018
- Design Film Fest - BLR Design Week, 2018
Reception[edit | edit source]
Critical response[edit | edit source]
Athisayangalude Venal received mostly positive response from critics during its festival run. Most of the critics praised the performances, especially that of child actor Chandra Kiran as the protagonist Anand. Namrata Joshi noted in her piece in The Hindu that "the budget is negligible and the narrative minimalist while the emotional arc remains strong". In her Bookmyshow.com review, Stacey Prince described the film "simply astonishing with a great script and incredible performances". Shriram Iyengar of Cinestaan.com found it "surprisingly entertaining, funny, and unique in its story". Cinestaan.com also included the film in its year-end list of '10 festival gems' of 2017. Fullpicture.in's Anima Nair called the film "a monument to magical innocence" and observed that it "sensitively takes us through the mind of a child and how, despite all their worldliness, adults are still unable to comprehend it". Archana Nathan, writing for Scroll.in, noted that the film "beautifully moves between imagination and reality, science and faith, and knowledge and ignorance in its quest to understand the effects of the absence of a loved one". Aswathy Gopalakrishnan, reviewing for Silverscreen.in, wrote: "Through the tale of a boy who dreams to be invisible, the film delves into that unpleasant point where the innocent world of children intersects with the complex and rough terrain of adulthood. In a tone so subtle, it also discusses the cloak of invisibility that the Internet offers, and how the state conspires to make some people disappear without a trace." Rasmi Binoy of The Hindu observed that the film is "a sharp detour from recurrent tropes of ‘child-centric’ cinema" further writing: "The simple, sincere narrative is essentially about how people deal with grief and tragedy, by escaping to their own fantasy worlds". In his review in Asianculturevulture.com, Sailesh Ram wrote: "intelligent and questioning, this is a film for those who like something different and unpredictable and a film that is reflectively cerebral".
References[edit | edit source]
- "The 48th Kerala State Film Awards: Complete List of Winners".
- "Bengali Film Mayurakshi Wins Top Award at Singapore South Asian Film Festival".
- "UKAFF 2018 Award Winners".
- "UK Asian Film Festival 2018: It's a wrap as stars turn out for feel-good closing film 'Boogie Man' and festival awards presented…".
- "'Mayurakshi' wins best feature film at Singapore film fest".
- "Child star wins Kerala State Film Award: Who's the reporter on the story? His dad!".
- "Film Bazaar Viewing Room 2017 catalogue - film details".
- "Powerhouse performances".
- "MAMI Mumbai festival 2017 website - film details".
- "IFFK 2017 website - film details".
- "Miracles of innocence".
- "Archived UKAFF site - The Summer of Miracles".
- "A summer of miracle for this director".
- "The Summer of Miracles in UK Asian Film Festival".
- "NYIFF 2018 website - film schedule and details".
- "2018 NEW YORK INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYIFF)".
- "IFFM 2018 website - film details".
- "Rani Mukerji, Rajkummar Hirani and Vicky Kaushal to attend IFFM".
- "SgSAIFF 2018 website - film details".
- "NFAI Pune to host Keraleeyam, a festival of contemporary Malayalam Films".
- "Three-day Malayalam film festival begins at NFAI".
- "IFFT 2017 - Highlights".
- "Design Film Fest Event Details".
- "The child's gaze: Three movies, each with a child at the centre".
- "The Summer of Miracles Review: Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2017".
- "Athisayangalude Venal review: Surprise that leaves you with slice of innocent life".
- "Rewind 2017: 10 festival gems that won us over".
- "Review – Athishayangalude Venal a monument to magical innocence".
- "A film about an eight-year-old boy who thinks he is invisible is a moving study of loss".
- "Prasanth Vijay's 'Athishayangalude Venal' Is A Moving Tale Of A 9-Year-Old Boy And His Obsession With Invisibility".
- "'Experiment in subtlety'".
- "UK Asian Film Festival 2018 – Reviews: Sugar and Spice… 'Tikli & Laxmi Bomb'; 'Shalom Bollywood', 'Light Arose', 'Side A and Side B'; 'The Summer of Miracles'; 'Siddhartha'".
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