Singaporean-Indian K Rajagopal’s latest film, A Yellow Bird, tells the story of an ex-convict seeking redemption. It was chosen for the 10th Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier at Cannes
10/1/2015 11:14:10 AM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Singapore’s efforts to position itself as an arts and cultural centre just received a fillip when a new feature film, A Yellow Bird, by one of this country’s prominent filmmakers K Rajagopal was selected for the 10th Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier at Cannes Film Festival last year.
This is the only film from Asia, among 15 other projects by emerging directors from around the world, to be selected for this category which provides films with access to international co-productions to accelerate their completion.
Rajagopal’s body of work centres mainly on issues pertaining to the Indian and minority communities in Singapore; and A Yellow Bird is no different. Being his first feature film, it follows the story of an ex-convict on his search for redemption and salvation from his family and friends, and his desire for identity and sense of home.
To help tell this story, Rajagopal has casted Seema Biswas, an award winning Indian actress known for her leading role in the Bandit Queen, in this film.
Here are excerpts of an interview with Rajagopal:
India Se: Could you tell us a little about A Yellow Bird? What inspired you to make a film on an ex-convict seeking redemption?
K Rajagopal: I was inspired by the notion of space, our living space and how we have to constantly negotiate it in many ways - be it is our physical, mental or emotional space. So I decided to explore the space of a marginalised person, in this case someone who had been incarcerated, who returns to a familiar space but is ostracised and is in conflict with the space and the people living in it.