A Thing of Magic
Director: Nithin Anil
Section: India Story
Country: India | Year: 2019
Language(s): Marathi | Time: 100 mins
Gundu Kaakka is a struggling harmonium player, who aspires to join a local drama troupe. One day, after watching a 3D movie, he presents a pair of 3D glasses to two sisters – Pradnya and Pratheeksha. He tells them that the glasses have magical powers, visible only to him. They initially refuse to believe him. But an incident occurs shortly after, triggering their curiosity. As the determined sisters try to find out the truth about the glasses, other tiny stories slowly unfold in the little village.
Nithin Anil is an independent filmmaker who believes in the complete democracy of the medium. A Thing of Magic, his first feature film, was produced with minimal equipment and tech. As a former student of journalism, Anil loves hunting for stories that are waiting to be found. He is heavily influenced by Iranian films, especially those of Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi. He also counts Rima Das, Agnès Varda, Dileesh Pothan, and Alfonso Cuarón among the filmmakers who have had an impact on him.