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Durbaar
2019, France/ India, 16mm, 9', colour, sound

A mood board for the Deccan Sultanate of South India. A tapestry of images takes us through lavish chandeliers from the court of the Last Nizam of Hyderabad to the illuminated memoir of Babur, the founder of the Mughal Dynasty. A series of disappearing sonic crescendos flood underneath, remembering the fall of a former grandeur. This film is an ode to intricacy and majesty, through reverie and voyeurism.

Film processing by Filmlab Mumbai, India
Post-production at L'Abominable, France

Exhibition format: 16mm, DCP, ProRes 422 HQ

Screenings:
29.09.23, 19.00 : Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA
29.09.23, 18.00 : Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA
29.09.23, 17.00 : Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, IL, USA
14.07.23 - 28.07.23 : Ultra Dogme (online screening), Berlin, Germany
24.06.23, 19.00 : Screening Salon n°4, Berlin, Germany
23.06.23, 20;00 : Perceptual Poetics, Echoes from South Asia, Berlin, Germany
06.04.23, 19.00 : Artifact Small Format Film Festival, Calgary, Canada
21.06.22 : Cinemateca de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil
22.10.20, 20.00 : Fracto Experimental Film Encounter, ACUD, Berlin, Germany
17.10.20, 22.30 : Festival de cinémas différents et expérimentaux, Paris, France
03.07 - 10.07.20 : Istanbul Experimental, Screening Room (online screening)
14.03.20, 19.00 : Light Field Film Festival, San Francisco, USA (cancelled/ Covid-19)

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