Texas Premiere

Nasir

India I Netherlands I Singapore I 80 mins I Drama I 2020

Tamil w/ English subtitles

Nasir, the eponymous protagonist, is a quietly humorous romantic. He straggles through life to make ends meet as a salesman so he can take care of an ailing mother and adopted son.

 

Nasir’s day appears ordinary – he takes a bath, speaks to his son, pens a love letter to his wife, and goes about various chores.  He weaves through the city, navigating people and philosophies. As the day lengthens, his path is interrupted by an act of communal bigotry.

Shot in rich hues on Super 16mm, this immersive, 85-minute gem builds expertly, drawing a portrait of a thoughtful man whose community is riven by stoked hatreds & surging unrest. The elegant groundwork leads into an ending Variety dubbed "the kind of gut-punch that doesn’t disappear once the lights come up."

+ This program includes short film, NOOREH

VIRTUAL SCREENING + Q&A :
SAT. APRIL 17 - 7:00PM CT

About the Artist

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Self-taught independent southern Indian filmmaker Arun Karthick started out directing short films on his Cinema Obscura platform, aged just seventeen. His refreshing debut THE STRANGE CASE OF SHIVA (2015) premiered at IFFR, and he was seen as a major new voice in Tamil cinema.

 

His second feature NASIR premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam, winning the 2020 NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film. 

 

NASIR has earned widespread acclaim, screening at world festivals including New Directors/New Films, AFI Fest, and Mumbai Film Festival, and the Tarkovsky Festival - Zerkalo, where it won the Grand Prix. 

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Trailer

Thank you to our community partner for this screening, the Austin Film Society, and the Austin Film Commission, and Friends of India, Texas!

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Credits

Crew

Writer/Director:        ARUN KARTHICK

Co-Producer(s):        HARSH AGARWAL

                                     ADITYA GROVER

                                     IBO KARATAY

                                     ANU RANGACHER

                                     SAMIR SARKAR

                                     REINIER SELEN

                                     MANOJ POSSAPAN

Exec. Producer(s):      NIRMAL LAWRANCE

                                    MATHIVANAN RAJENDRAN

Cinematographer:      SAUMYANANDA SAHI

Editor:                         ARGHYA BASU

Sound Designer:        GAUTAM NAIR

Production Design:   MAUSAM AGGARWAL

Cast

VALAVANE KOUMARANE as 'Nasir'

SUDHA RANGANTHAN as 'Taj'

SABARI as 'Iqbal'

Production Companies


STRAY FACTORY

RINKEL FILMS

MAGIC HOUR FILMS
HARMAN VENTURES
UNCOMBED BUDDHA

COLORED PICKLE FILMS

Sound Post-Production Studios

MUMBAI AURUM POST SOUND

AURAL MAYHEM

MUMBAI SOUND HOUSE