Filmmaker Kanu Behl's much-feted movie Binnu Ka Spana to release on MUBI
After winning hearts and laurels at its world premiere at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019, where it was the only Indian Film competing, Kanu Behl’s short film Binnu Ka Sapna will be released on MUBI India channel on December 22.
Written and directed by Kanu, it is the first short film launched on MUBI India and will run for 30 days after its release date. Besides winning the Student Jury Award 2019 at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Fest it won the Best Indian Short Film at 10th Jagran Film Festival 2019 too.
Produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies and Colosceum Media, Binnu Ka Sapna is a 32-minute narrative short that plunges into a malignant psyche, exposing the ticking time bombs around us and the sparks that set them off. It goes through the harrowing transformation of a victim into an attacker, with society only serving as a catalyst. It marks the debut of Chetan Sharma as the titular Binnu.
“Binnu Ka Sapna is a long dreamt, much-cherished dream. We look forward to the wounds it opens and the debate it generates; eager to hear voices,” tells Kanu.
The film shows Binnu growing up hearing about his mother's first slap, 25 years ago; hit by his father merely for emerging from the same room as her own brother-in-law. Many years later, he leaves home. At a party, he sleeps with his boss’ daughter, who he falls in love with. But things don’t go as planned and Binnu leaves town engaging in another romance in another city. But slowly, a strange paranoia begins to engulf his being. Binnu Ka Sapna delves deep into a malignant mindset, trying to bare the ticking time bombs around us and illuminate the wicks that light them.
"The film is my attempt to understand the anger within. I went through a period where I raged and destroyed everything in my path. Irretrievably, irrevocably. Where did the roots of that anger lie? Did the anger root from a focal core or was it a constantly mutating unrecognizable beast? Its consequences and ripples, either way, rested on my individual doorstep," adds Kanu.
After dabbling in radio, copywriting, acting and theatre, Kanu Behl studied at the Satyajit Ray Film and TV Institute, Kolkata, majoring in Film Direction. His first documentary, An Actor Prepares competed at Cinema du Reel. Next, he directed and produced three more docs for NHK Japan, ZDF and ARTE.
In 2010, he co-wrote LSD with Dibakar Banerjee. In 2014, his debut feature TITLI premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes. The film has since won eight international awards including the NETPAC and the Best First Foreign Film (2015) from the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. TITLI travelled to over 22 film festivals , including IFFR Rotterdam, AFI, BFI London and Goteborg.