About Director: Girish Kasaravalli is one of the pioneers of Indian cinema who has garnered fourteen National Film Awards and the prestigious ‘Padma Shri’, the fourth highest civilian award for his immense contribution to Indian cinema. A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, his diploma film, Avashesh, was awarded National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film. His film Ghatasharaddha(1977) has won the ‘Golden Lotus’ at the National Awards and has been listed amongst the top hundred films of the twentith century by the Paris Review. A retrospective of his works was held in 2003, at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival. Some of his other important films include Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2002).
Synopsis: Images / Reflections is a documentary on the life of Adoor Gopalkrishnan, one of the most revered Indian filmmakers. The film is divided into five chapters each one named after one of Adoor’s earlier films. In the first chapter, Adoor’s contemporaries, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal, Gouridasan Nair and K.N.Panikkar evaluate his significance as a film maker. Chapter two presents Girish Kasaravalli and film critic C.S Venkiteswaran in conversation with Adoor. Chapter three moves into more personal narratives by Adoor’s cousin, daughter, an actor and a friend recollecting fond memories. In the fourth chapter, Adoor talks about his unique aesthetics. The last chapter reveals how his films have powerfully dealt with various pressing issues of India, and Kerala in particular.