Bitter Chestnut (Khanaur)
Director: Gurvinder Singh
Section: India Gold
Country: India | Year: 2019
Language(s): Pahari, English, Hindi | Time: 100 mins
Kishan, 17, wavers between his own desires and his family's hopes for him. He has to make a choice: should he live a predictable life in his remote Himalayan village or migrate to the city? Working in a café and witnessing migrations and reverse-migrations, he has disturbed sleep and nightmares. Sometimes he has visions while awake—flashes of fleeting but strong images. The film looks at the aspirations, fears, and insecurities of living in present times through Kishan’s eyes.
Gurvinder Singh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has directed two features in Punjabi. Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan (Alms for a Blind Horse, 2011) premiered in the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival, and won him a National Award for Best Direction, a Special Jury Award and the Black Pearl Trophy at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the Golden Peacock for Best Film at the International Film Festival of India, Goa. Chauthi Koot (Fourth Direction, 2015) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival, won the Golden Gateway Award at Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Film at Singapore International Film Festival. His short film Infiltrator is part of the international omnibus In the Same Garden (2016). His latest short film Sea of Lost Time (2019) premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.