30.09. - 09.10.2021

Demons in Paradise France, Sri Lanka 2017 | 94 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour and B&W | FF 2017

Jude Ratnam

JUDE RATNAM (*1978) was born the son of a priest in Colombo, from where he had to flee as a child to the Northern, Tamil-controlled part of Sri Lanka. He worked for various NGOs before deciding to become a film-maker. He worked for ten years on his debut film Demons in Paradise, which premièred at the Cannes Festival.

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DOCUMENTARY Sri Lanka, 1983: at the age of five, Jude Ratnam fled the massacre of the Tamil minority by the Sinhalese majority. 30 years later, he returns as a film-maker. Travelling on the same red train as during his escape, he looks for traces of the conflict that turned from a fight for independence into self-destructive terrorism. At the sites of past conflict, Ratnam's memories rub shoulders with those of former fighters. With Demons in Paradise, a Tamil film-maker for the first time reveals his view of the history of the bloody civil war that didn't end until 2009.
Original title: Demons in Paradise
Film type: Documentary Feature
Original language: English, Tamilian, Sinhalese
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Jude Ratnam
Screenplay: Jude Ratnam, Isabelle Marina
Producer: Julie Paratian
Director of Photography: Chinthaka Somakeerthi, Mahinda Abeysinghe
Music: Rajkumar Dharshan
Production Design: Simon Gréau
Editor: Jeanne Oberson
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Upside Distribution
Production: Sister Productions; Kriti a Work of Art
Contact: Estelle de Araujo, Upside Distribution:


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