The Strange Case of Shiva

  • 75'
  • India
  • 2015
An esoteric take on young designer Shiva's obsession with the photo of a girl snapped during a mysterious encounter. Within his daily routine, he focuses obsessively on this picture of her that keeps triggering his voyeuristic impulses. Caught in a web of his own delusions, Shiva awaits a possible resolution. Without words, but with a refined sound design and stirring music, the director builds up the tension and suggests the mood of the main character. The impressive camerawork insists on close-ups and striking details that give a metaphysical layer to this minimalist cinematic tale.
This is the debut of the self-taught young South Indian director Arun Karthick, who makes films through his Cinema Obscura platform and is certainly an exciting new voice from the Tamil film scene.
Director
Arun Karthick
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Sivapuranam
Language
Tamil
Producer
Suresh Kumar
Production Company
SK Cinemas
Sales
Cinema Obscura
Cinematography
Saumyananda Sahi
Editor
Arghya Basu
Production Design
Saumyananda Sahi, Arun Karthick
Sound Design
Ananda Gupta
Cast
Rajesh Balachandiran, Kani Kusruti