The wunderkinder of current Tamil Nadu cinema found their way into the industry by making shorts released via the net. Mind you, this also happens in the US (e.g. horror's latest hope, Swedish-born David Sandberg) – but maybe not in as systematic a fashion as in Tamil Nadu. A key figure in all this is Karthik Subbaraj, who himself came to prominence through shorts and keeps making and producing these alongside his highly successful work in features.

With Aviyal, he unleashed his second omnibus project on Tamil audiences (after Bench Talkies – The First Batch, 2015) featuring thrills and laughs with (among others) unheard-of sex, a brawl-happy film crew and family relationship problems of the more sensual kind. A true roller-coaster ride of moods and boasting work by two of the hottest talents in town: Alphonse Putharen and Lokesh Kanagaraj (Metropolis, 2017)!

Directors
Alphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj, Guru Smaran
Country of production
India
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
Language
Tamil
Producers
Karthik Subbaraj, Kaarthekeyen Santhanam
Production Company
Stone Bench
Sales
Stone Bench
Cinematography
Anend C. Chandran, Mathan Gunadeva, Selva Kumar, Kugan S. Palani, Suriya Rajarajan
Editor
Prasanna G.K., Anil Krishnan, Alphonse Puthren, Boopathi Raj, Philomin Raj, Rohit
Music
Vishal Chandrasekhar, Rajesh Murugesan, Javed Riaz, Shammeer Sultan
Cast
Praveen Kumar, Sharath Kumar, Arjunan Nandakumar, Rohit Nandakumar, Deepak Paramesh, Nivin Pauly, Moses Rajkumar

Programme IFFR 2018

House on Fire

A look at our world in crisis from a truly oblique angle: Tamil Nadu, India’s southernmost state, home to some of contemporary cinema’s most edgy work.

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