Glossary of Non-Human Love

  • 96'
  • India
  • 2021

In a parallel universe in our own space-time continuum, humanity has been overrun by artificial intelligence. The machines are better, faster and more efficient at everything, outstripping their makers. However, one aspect of humanity escapes them: love. Their guidebook attempts to capture the phenomenon in 64 terms, including jealousy, regret and ardour. Posing in homey and romantic settings, they run through the entire spectrum with digital precision, yet without a hint of passion.

Director Ashish Avikunthak outlines a worrying, yet confusing impression of a posthuman future in which technology has overtaken and annexed humanity. He presents the new masters of the universe as 2.0 versions of the Hindu pantheon. Yet while Hanuman, Shiva and Kali sometimes reveal all too human traits, this is definitely not the case when it comes to love. Loves dies out with humanity.

Director
Ashish Avikunthak
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
96'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Na manush premer kothamala
Language
Bengali
Producers
Ashish Avikunthak, Debleena Sen, Soumya Mukhopadhyay
Sales
Ashish Avikunthak
Cinematography
Basab Mullik
Editor
Barnali Bose, Ashish Avikunthak
Production Design
Sougata Mukherjee
Sound Design
Sukanta Mazumdar
Cast
Sagnik Mukherjee, Debleena Sen, Satarupa Das, Megha Roy, Prasanta Sarkar, Jaysree Mukherjee, Bijoli Sarkar