Prantik Narayan Basu, an Indian screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and film director who has been making short films & experimental documentaries since 2007.
After studying English literature at the University of Calcutta, he studied Film Directing at the Film and Television Institute of India. His short film Sakhisona premiered at BFI London, Mumbai and festivals worldwide, and won the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His other two short films Rang Mahal (Palace of Colours) and Makara was premiered and screened at many festivals like Berlin, IDFA, Signes de Nuit Thailand, Concorto Film Festival, DMZ Docs, Nomadica Bologna, Arthouse Asia, and Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films.
Oscillating between documentary & folklore, his ongoing works attempt to engage with the politics of gender and the relationship between nature and human.
“I make films from a desire to share something beautiful that I felt or experienced, things that can’t just be photographed or written about. Intimacy and sensitivity is what I strive for in my work and look for the same in my collaborations.”
“Most of these timeless tales are not only a structural marvel, but way more progressive than many of our contemporary narratives. For instance, the creation myths in Rang Mahal speak of a harmonious co-existence of nature and human, where the human is not at the center of the narrative. Our popular viewing culture has put humans at the center of every narrative. Cinema, I believe, is capable of going beyond this to envisage the narrative possibility of an altered frame of reference.”
Timeless Tales is online until 1th of February at kultur.beykozkundura.com/en