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Birth of a Story (2016) Short Film by Purnendu Dey

 

Synopsis:

Three characters, from three different time periods, different levels of existence and different locations, are in the throes of birth and death. Though they are in search of their existence and they are at war for it, yet life seems all the more elusive. But, one thread binds them all together: a story’s birth.

The story’s premise is the coming into being of three non-entities whose association is indispensable for a ‘story’ to take ‘birth’ and the grand design of synthesis that flows in proper directions along the length and breadth of a story to give it it’s existential touch.

Statement of the Director on the Film:

We who have life aim to take it to even higher levels of comfort and significance and draw out the sap from it as much as we can. But, what about those who have no life or existence yet, but are still craving for the same earnestly? With their entities hanging in the balance, they are trying out every possible opportunity to be born.

The race for existence cuts across the living, the non-living, the physical, the mental, the visible, the invisible and whatever there can be and cannot be. The film shows, in the light of the ‘Literature of the Absurd,’ the plight of three non-characters striving to be characters.

Writer & Director:
Purnendu Dey

Cast:
Abhijit Kundu
Purnendu Dey

Cinematography:
Gopal Dey
Babu Kundu

Editing:
Subho Dey

First Assistant Director:
Goutam Kundu

Second Assistant Director:
Abhijit Kundu

Art Direction:
Goutam Kundu

Genre:
Science Fiction (‘Theatre of the Absurd’)

Music, Sound:
Bongo Saptak

Story & Screenplay:
Purnendu Dey

Stylist:
Subho Dey

Lights:
Sanku Kundu
Kotey Kundu
Ananya Dey

Effects:
Ananya Dey
Subho Dey

Year of Production:
2016

Concepts:
Goutam Kundu
Joydeep Sen
Nilotpal Roy
Kanoj Das
Ananya Dey

Voiceover:
Purnendu Dey

Graphics:
Subho Dey

Production Design:
Subho Dey

Director of Photography:
Babu Kundu
Gopal Dey

Filmed on Locations:
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Special Thanks to:
Samuel Beckett
Harold Pinter
Joydeep Sen
Nilotpal Roy
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Production & Distribution:
Noirealist Films

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The Top Floor (Short Film)

 

A man, quite listlessly clambers up the flight of steps of his own apartment. He feels alienated in his own environs – a crucial product of the so-called complacent city-life. He even thinks, with doubt, which door-bell to press. Note the absurdity in the fact that he has to press his door-bell to enter into his own room. He enters into his own room stealthily, like a thief. There he encounters a person sitting who seems to be similar to him from different angles, apparently. But, the stranger’s voice has a tone of neglected appeal, though the voice may be the same as of the first person. After that follows a series, though a few, of events and dialogues that tell upon the entrant’s mind. He is stunned to see his own self in a different disguise and in a different form altogether. Will he realize how far he has gone away from his own self during all these years he has been living in this city of dreams? Also there is a zooming in of the camera on the switchboard where once one switch is switched on and the next moment it’s off. The main character does not notice it, as usual. It is as if God hides things from us by putting them just around us and everything has not the satisfactory explanation, howsoever.


Friends (Short Film)

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The film picks up momentum with a phone call. A person receives the call and sets out helter-skelter to reach the place of the shocking incident that’s said to him over the phone. What he thinks and feels while being there is the staple of the film. I won’t divulge anything more till the film is watched. It’s up to the viewers to make sense out of the scenes in the film and form their own, free views on this piece. So, sit back and watch the film and forge your own opinions along the way. Enjoy watching!

N.B. Short films should be watched with rapt attention as they end before they start. Every frame can potentially deliver a message.

Written & Directed by Purnendu Dey