|General Admission:||$20.00||Film Screening & Official Festival Afterparty (2 Events: Open Seating & Sponsored Beer and Cash Bar; with Director & Crew) |
Post-Film Q&A with: Director - Salim Ahamed, Director of Photography - Madhu Ambat, and Music Director - Isaac Thomas Kottukappally
ABU, SON OF ADAM
Director: Salim Ahmed
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
- 6:30 PM Box Office Opens
- 7:00 PM Doors Open
- 7:30 PM Red Carpet
- 8:00 PM Opening Remarks
- 8:10 PM Film Begins
- 9:51 PM Film Ends
- 9:55 PM Q & A Begins with
POST-FILM Q&A WITH:
Salim Ahamed, Madhu Ambat, Isaac Thomas Kottukappally
AMC/LOEWSTHEATRE 1998 Broadway (at 68th Street) Upper West Side, NYC
Synopsis:India's Official Oscar Entry to the 84th Academy Awards!
It's quite tough not to be moved by the heart wrenching portrayal of an old man's desire to go for the holy Hajj pilgrimage in debutant director Salim Ahmed's Adaminte Makan Abu. The film which bagged some of the most coveted honours at the national and state film awards in India, steals the viewer's hearts with its sincerity and brilliance. Salim Kumar, who plays Abu, an honest 75 year old Muslim who lives with his wife Ayisumma amazes you with his incredible histrionic excellence. It's indeed heartening that the national and state awards juries chose him for the best actor trophy for his splendid performance.
The story is happening in a remote village in northern Kerala, where the old couple lives with just one dream in their life is to go for the holy Hajj. Their son had left them after he got married to a girl from a wealthy family. With every penny that they painstakingly collect, the couple registers their names with a travel agent.
The director, who is also the scenarist, pours his heart and soul into the film and the honesty with which he has approached the film is there to be seen in every frame. The film is a visual treat with Madhu Ambat's brilliant cinematography. The absorbing background score by Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly and the music by Ramesh Narayan take the film to an altogether different level. Adaminte Makan Abu has done proud for Kerala and will find its place among the most powerful films ever made in Malayalam. As a viewer, don's miss this one, it's a must watch.