‘La Tigra, Chaco.’ If the difficulty in pronouncing this tongue-twisting film title is a hindrance, don’t worry, because we at MAMI have found a satisfactory solution. For starters, open your mouth wide, then slowly roll your tongue and just when you feel that the time is right, throw the title right out of your larynx with a special stress on ‘grr...’ and the ‘co’. It’s been proven to work!
Even if you are nowhere closer to pronouncing it, you have still managed to carry yourself a thousand miles from the capital of Argentina to a small tiny village called— no prizes for guessing the name— ‘La Tiggrraa Chaccco’. Named after the place in which the story unfolds, La Tigra, Chaco is one of the prestigious nominees for the Golden Gateway Award at the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival.
While the film got the audience buzzing about its contention for the award, its popularity took a further leap, when the audience engaged in conversation with La Tigras’ hustling-bustling and jovial first-time directors Federico Godfrid and Juan Sasiain. As they plainly stated, the film is about relationships. It sparks off with the return of Esteban in search of his father, to the place where he spent his childhood summers. Once there, he meets Vero, a childhood friend, who has grown into a beautiful woman. Each step forward seems to take them back to the most precious moments of a shared memory.
Apart from the gripping storyline, what clearly stood out about the film was its treatment. Juan and Federico hunted for the isolated place and began penning down their script based on what their eyes witnessed and ears gathered. Thus began La Tigra Chaco, with only three professional actors being a part of the cast and the village locals playing the other parts, blending into the cinematic realm of things.
La Tigraa was shot in a period of 40 days but took more than two years to be completed. It was eventually produced by their university professor. Both Federico and Juan, claiming that being able to communicate in English was an achievement for them, agree that the manner in which the film was conceived was risky, but there was no dearth in their confidence, and once they began, there was no turning back.
Having bagged many international honours, La Tigra, Chaco awaits its verdict at the Mumbai Film Festival that celebrates the first films of debutant directors, this year. But even as it does so, the enthusiasm and passion of its creators isn’t likely to die down.
The Man Beyond The Bridge – A review
The film Paltadacho Munis (The Man Beyond The Brigde) is directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar.
It’s a simple love story set in an orthodox Goan village with Konkani as its medium, about a forest ranger who patrols the forest. One day, he meets a mentally challenged lady in the forest. He risks his name and social status in the village for the love of this woman.
Meanwhile, a politician decides to build a temple for the villagers, as a vote-gathering exercise. For its construction, wood from the protected forest is stolen by two thieves, who work for the politician. The forest ranger tries to prevent the wood from being stolen, but the politician manages to get the villagers on his side, against him. Eventually, the ranger has to accept defeat.