House of My Fathers (Mouna Kaandam)
Director: Suba Sivakumaran
Section: World Cinema
Country: Sri Lanka | Year: 2018
Language(s): Tamil, Sinhala | Time: 94 mins
Two Sri Lankan villages — one Tamil, one Sinhala — have been at war with each other for decades. When, on both sides, villagers become infertile, they receive a message from the gods. A Sinhala man and a Tamil woman are to be sent to an isolated place where they will find the secret to renew life. But only one of them will return. In the Forest of the Dead, Asoka and Ahalya will have to confront the secrets of their villages and their personal pasts.
Suba Sivakumaran is a self-taught director who was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Her first short film, I Too Have a Name (2012), was in competition at the 2012 Berlinale and was selected in competition at over 25 film festivals worldwide. Her second short film, L’Oiseau Bleu, as a co-director, was shown out of competition at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2018 as part of the anthology Tunisia Factory. House of My Fathers is her first feature film.