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The Cloud Messenger Unclassified 15+
Meghdoot

Director: Rahat Mahajan
Origin: India (2022)
Language: English, Malayalam with English subtitles
Genre: Coming of Age , Drama

Star-crossed teens meet across time, space and ancient myth in this visually stunning, romantically ravishing journey through the cosmic cycle of life and death.

Drawn from the ancient Sanskrit poem Meghdoot, this ambitious, expansive story traverses time and space after two young lovers meet at a prestigious boarding school near the foothills of the Himalayas. While wrestling with the rigid protocols and expectations of colonial-era India, mischievous Jaivardhana finds himself attracted to fellow student Tarini. What begins as tentative flirtation soon tumbles into a tale of centuries-old longing and reincarnation, as a curse implicates death, dreams and fate into the pair’s journey to be with each other.

In his sweeping, virtuoso feature debut, Indian filmmaker Rahat Mahajan takes a high school romance and imbues it with all the epic melodrama and mythical power of ancient legend. Adolescent affection is recast as a tragic spiritual odyssey, with classical kutiyattam, theyyam and kathakali performances and wondrous production design transforming the film into a giddy, cosmic saga for the ages. An official selection for the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam this year, The Cloud Messenger swoons, surprises and soars.

“Exquisitely shot and disarmingly acted … The Cloud Messenger showcases Mahajan’s talent as a director.” – International Cinephile Society

Tickets

Fri 05 Aug 8:45 pm [14061]
ACMI 2
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Stream from
11-28th Aug
[40574]
MIFF Play
Sat 20 Aug 3:45 pm [15841]
Kino 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

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Key Cast
Ahalya Shetty, Bibi Mursal Temuri, Daljit Sean Singh, KN Lakshmanan, Kapila Venu, Lalita Shivani, Mihir Ahuja, Rahat Mahajan, Raj Zutshi, Rajeevan Peesapali, Ritvik Tyagi, Sadanand Bhasi, Vinay Pande
Director
Rahat Mahajan
Producers
Nalin Agarwal, Rahat Mahajan, Sanjay Singh
Screenwriter
Rahat Mahajan
Cinematographers
Anil Pingua, Rahat Mahajan
Composer
Nikhel Kumar Mahajan
Editors
Bina Paul, Rahat Mahajan
Costume Designers
KN Lakshmanan, Tanya Sharma
Production Designer
Rahat Mahajan
Premiere Status
International Premiere

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