The Nine Lakh Stars

  • 67'
  • France
  • 2022

Loubna Régragui is above all a film preservationist who also makes films. One needs to put it like that to understand some of the energies that animate The Nine Lakh Stars, which was the search for acceptable analogue elements of Maṇi Kaul’s high-modernist masterpiece Duvidha (1973) whose soul, she thinks, was erased by its digital mastering. Which is an interesting question to ponder apropos of a film that tells the story of a ghost, who incarnates a young bride’s absent husband... Is the digital the ghost of the analogue?

While Kaul passed away a decade ago, there are still some witnesses for Régragui to interview about Duvidha’s creation and the particularities of Kaul’s art. This makes The Nine Lakh Stars three things at once: a treatise on the ethics of preservation, a pars pro toto portrayal of a historical film giant, and a meditation on the various meanings of a key work of world cinema.

Programmed alongside: Duvidha

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Director
Loubna Régragui
Country of production
France
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
67'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, French, Hindi
Producers
Loubna Régragui, Christophe Gougeon
Production Companies
Versova Films, Acqua Alta
Sales
Versova Films
Screenplay
Loubna Régragui
Cinematography
Sunayana Singh, Jean-Louis Gonnet, Adrien Lhoste
Editor
Loubna Régragui, Puloma Pal, Avneesh Chhabra
Sound Design
Susmit Nath, Jérôme Ayasse
Music
Musicians of Rajasthan, Folk Musicians of Rajasthan
Cast
Raissa Padamsee, Kailash Kabir Detha, Navroze Contractor, Rajat Kapoor, Vishnu Mathur, Paulo Fonseca, Kiran Dhiwar