Programme 2019

Aamis

Director: Bhaskar Hazarika

fiction

Asia Premiere

Section: India Gold

Country: India | Year: 2019

Language(s): Assamese | Time: 108 mins

Synopsis

Nirmali, a married pediatrician in her late 30s, leads a peaceful but joyless domestic existence in Guwahati, Assam. One day, she meets Sumon, a young PhD student researching food habits in Northeastern India, who warms up to her in a manner she seems unaccustomed to. Sumon's work exposes him to the belief that there's no kind of food that can be considered abnormal, and Nirmali is drawn to this idea. The two quickly discover a shared love for food - specifically, meat. Together, they bond over meals comprising unusual meats on platonic dates, although Sumon longs for physical contact. As Nirmali's taste buds grow more adventurous, their relationship takes a dark and bizarre turn neither had expected.

Director's Bio

Bhaskar Hazarika is an Assamese filmmaker with over 18 years' experience working in film, television and digital media. His debut film, Kothanodi (The River of Fables, 2015) received the Asian Cinema Fund’s Post-Production Grant and premiered at Busan International Film Festival. Kothanodi has since travelled to festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star and Göteborg Film Festival among others. Kothanodi received the National Award for Best Assamese Film in 2016. It was also the first Assamese film to be licensed by Netflix Worldwide. Aamis, his second feature, recently premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in the International Narrative Competition section. It was earlier selected for the 2017 Asian Cinema Fund’s Co-Production Market in Busan and the 2017 NFDC Film Bazaar Co-Production Market in Goa. Hazarika holds an M.A. in Film and Drama from the University of Reading and a B.A. (Honours) in History from Delhi University. He works out of Delhi, Mumbai, and Assam.