An ageing father waits, in vain, at the bus stop for his son Raghu, a student at the University of Trivandrum, who is supposed to be coming home for the holidays. The elderly Chakyar’s eager happiness slowly turns to disappointment and then anxiety. After several days with no news of Raghu, his family learn that the police have arrested him for singing revolutionary songs at the university’s annual fête. Chakyar goes to the capital, hoping to find support from the Minister of Internal Affairs, and is soon joined by his daughter, who does not, however, share his optimism. When it becomes clear that Raghu cannot escape a jail sentence, the old man gradually loses his reason … In Piravi, Shaji N. Karun denounces not only the corruption that exists within the establishment, but also focuses on the impotence of the individual in the face of an oppressive system. By keeping Raghu off-screen, the director conveys a sense of absence and uncertainty with a rare intensity.

Original Title Piravi
German Title Die Geburt
French Title La naissance
Other Titles The Birth
Directed by Shaji N. Karun
Country India
Available Formats 35mm, DCP
Screenplay S. Jayachandran Nair
Film Editing Venugopal
Soundtrack G. Aravindan
Cinematography Sunny Joseph
Sound T. Krishnanunni
Décors Devan
Production Film Folk, Trivandrum - S. Jayachandran Nair
Runtime 110 Min.
Language Malayalam/d/f
C.V. Sreeraman
Rahul Lakshman

Cannes Film Festival
Golden Camera - Special Mention

Bergamo Film Meeting

Bronze Rosa Camuna

Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Hugo

Fajr Film Festival
Crystal Simorgh

Filmfare Awards South
Best director, best actor

Fribourg International Film Festival
Audience Award, Distribution Help Award

Hawaii International Film Festival
East-West Center Award

International Film Festival Innsbruck
Best Film, Audience Award

Locarno International Film Festival
Silver Leopard, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

National Film Awards, India
Golden Lotus Award: Best Film
Silver Lotus Award: Best Actor

«Ein film, der in seiner Behutsamkeit und Geduld fesselt und betört.»
Basler Zeitung

Eine grossartige und feinfühlige Hymne an die Vaterliebe - die Bilder sind so dicht wie ein Film von Bresson.»
La Suisse

«In einem fast unheimlich ruhigen Rhythmus gehalten, eröffnet Piravi keinen leichten Zugang zu der verschwiegenen, vom Ritual bestimmten Welt, in der er angesiedelt ist. Doch die kontemplative Geduld, die Shaji für seine Figuren und ihre atmosphärisch dicht eingefangen Umgebung aufbringt, macht den Schmerz, macht die Trauer unausweichlich nachvollziehbar. Piravi ist ein elegischer Film.»
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Ein Warten aus dem Bewusstsein der Verwandtschaft, der Zusammengehörigkeit heraus, ein - trotz indischen Vorzeichen - geradezu biblisches Warten, in dem sich das ganze Leben und seine Erfüllung in der Verantwortung spiegelt.»
Der Bund


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