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November 17, 2017 7:52 pm

Review: Sandcastle by Indian filmmaker Shomshuklla!

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Sandcastle is the first feature written and directed by female Indian filmmaker Shomshuklla with a narrative story centered on two contemporary female characters.

Sandcastle’s Director of Photography Ritam Banerjee won Best Cinematography at the London International Film Festival (LIFF) 2013 and nabbed four nominations at the Tenerife International Film Festival 2013 in London on October 12, including Best Feature Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Foreign Language Feature Film category! Congrats! Sandcastle had also been selected to screen at LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday October 20th at 10am.

 

Sandcastle is director Shomshuklla’s first feature and tells the story of Sheila, (Shahana Chatterjee) whose upper middle-class life in India isn’t as perfect as she hoped it would be. Sheila is a home-maker, an aspiring writer and loving mother. From an outsiders perspective it would seem like she has the perfect life. Her husband is a wealthy advertising maverick and she is part of the elite middle-class of Indian society.  But like the shifting of the sands, is it all slipping through her fingers? How will she build her own dreams? In all that she has, does she really have a voice of her own?

This is a strong, character-driven film. It’s beautiful in its story build up and break down. The atmosphere is built by the characters slowly, focusing on emotions and feelings. The pace of Sandcastle is sometimes a trudge, but that is to be expected with character and emotion driven story lines.

 

 

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The story of Sandcastle reflects one’s belief in the ability to build a perfect life. But even in perfection there is emptiness and wanting. What is perfect to one person is misery for another. The film focuses on contemporary women in urban India and the changes in society that have molded these women as an independent and self directing force of nature. Shomshuklla shows two colliding worlds of fateful acceptance and feminine Indian independence and individuality.

 

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Synopsis:

Sheila (Shahana Chatterjee) is a home-maker, an aspiring writer and loving mother. From an outsiders perspective it would seem like she has the perfect life. Her husband is a wealthy advertising maverick and she is part of the elite upper middle-class of Indian society. An adorable daughter and supportive family by her side complete her perfect life. But like the shifting of the sands, is it all slipping through her fingers? How will she build her own dreams? In all that she has, does she really have a voice of her own?

 

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About the Film:

The concept of Sandcastle is on that is most fluid. It reflects one’s belief to be able to build a perfect life. But the thing is that a life that seems perfect may not always be that way. What is perfect to one could be abject misery to another. The focus of the film Sandcastle is on women in urban India. The face of women in India has been changing over the ages into a form much more independent and in control of their individual destinies. Through Sandcastle, Shomshuklla aims to show the two colliding worlds of acceptance and breaking out of the modern Indian woman.

The struggle to find your own identity is never easy and Sandcastle is about that search and ultimate realization of what makes us unique in our own way.

 

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Sandcastle information hub!

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Dan Mullins

I write for FilmForecaster.com - Check it out! I love films - old and new. Writing, editing, and researching for my own screenplays.

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