Malayalam Feature Film
Produced by National Film Development Corporation Ltd., India

Colour :: 94mins :: Widescreen :: 2008 :: 1:1.85
Language Malayalam & Tamil :: Subtitles English

editing
Bina Paul :: Audiography Krishnanunni :: Music Chandran Veyyattummal
Costume Sunil Rehman :: Makeup Pradeep Rangan :: Art Direction K.M.Madhusudhanan & Pradeep Padmanabhan :: Effects Raju Marthandam
Cinematography M.J. Radhakrishnan :: Story, Script, Dialogue & Direction K.M. Madhusudhanan
Executive Producer Nina Lath Gupta & D.Ramakrishnan :: Studio Chitranjali

CAST Walter Wagner, Murugan, Ramgopal Bajaj, Nedumbram Gopi, Bharathan Njarakkal, T.V. Gangadharan, Mekha Rajan, Kuttiyedathi Vilasini, Nilamboor Ayesha, Anusha Mohan, and others


Receiving the Special Jury Award for Direction from Achchudanandan, Chief Minister of Kerala
Receiving the Special Jury Award for Direction from Achchudanandan, Chief Minister of Kerala

56TH NATIONAL FILM AWARDS INDIA 2008:
Special Jury Award
KERALA STATE FILM AWARDS:
Special Jury Award for Direction: K.M. Madhusudhanan
Best Cinematography: M.J. Radhakrishnan
Best Editor: Bina Paul
Best Background Score: Chandran Veyattummal
Best Processing: Sudhir, Chitranjali


AWARD CITATIONS:
"For its exciting revival of a sincerely personal style to look back on a chapter of history.", SPECIAL JURY Award, 56th National Film Awards India 2008
"For crystallizing a turning point in a country’s colonial past with meditative Images and a strong metaphor evocative of cinema’s magical powers.", The NETPAC JURY Award


With Michael Koetz, Festival Director, and Edgar Reitz, Jury Chair, after receiving the Jury Award, International FilmFestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
With Michael Koetz, Festival Director, and Edgar Reitz, Jury Chair, after receiving the Jury Award, International FilmFestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

"If... you are watching Bioscope, by Madhusudhanan, then it might happen to you that the film watches you: watches how you are sitting in the cinema and how you want to understand the world. With grandiose images, this film indulges in telling us the story of cinema in such a way as if it was really the story of our own existence. A genuinely unique item, this film work."
Dr. Michael Koetz, Festival Director,
International FilmFestival Mannheim-Heidelber
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"For the abïlity to combine Indian culture and tradition with modern cinema art, for creating fascinating artistic images on screen and original implementation of the illusion that's cinema is magic which captures life and saves us from death and oblivion."
International FilmFestival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Jury Award


SYNOPSIS

The film Bioscope is set in the second decade of the 20th century. This is a story of cinema entering villages of Kerala. The story of history entering the paths of memories and dreams. The story of villagers, made mute by colonialism and slavery, entering the garden of a new vision through a new machine, bioscope.

Perhaps, the protagonist Diwakaran’s new journey starts with his acquisition of a bioscope. The Frenchman DuPont, who does bioscope shows on the coasts of Tamil Nadu, is the architect of his new journey. Diwakaran was stunned by early forms of cinema images. His relationship with DuPont and the bioscope start with his astonishment when he first saw moving images. It turns into a story of inseparable friendship.

Diwakaran’s journey starts from his inner being, to the world outside…. To the vastness of new regions, through the new visions of the bioscope.

His ill wife, Nalini, travels inwards, through her dreams. In the endless depths of the unconscious, she hears foreign echoes and unknown sounds. In her dreams, the corpse of a foreign sailor decays and stinks.

The villagers welcome the new images introduced by the new machine bioscope, with innocence. They see wonder and happiness in it. They experience fear and astonishment. Yet, some suspect that the bioscope box has ghosts of the British hidden inside it.

Diwakaran’s father Murugan Nair is deeply concerned about Nalini’s illness. He is apprehensive about his son’s long journeys. He believes modern medicines are incapable of curing Nalini. He looks for medicines and cure in astrology and witchcraft.

Diwakaran is greeted by all of these forces when he arrives home with his brand new images.,. by the innocence of the villagers and obstinacy of tradition.

The witch-doctor Aayancheri Kaimal, who arrives with a mute girl that can tell what’s past and predict the future, sounds the death knell for the bioscope...

The exorcism of tradition over the pulse of modernity….

Since when did cinema restart its movements?