The Elder One
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The Elder One

Sun Feb 23 8:00 PM

Event Cinemas
General Admission
Sun Feb 23

Acclaimed new film The Elder One audaciously blends social realism and magic realism; sexuality and gender identity; gay romance and crime-thriller, to startling effect.

The disappearance of Mulla’s older brother, Akbar (a stunning performance by Nivin Pauly), looms large over life in beautiful Lakshadweep. Braving the seas to find him, young Mulla’s journey is almost over before it’s begun. After escaping from an orphanage, he’s thrust onto the harsh streets of Mumbai only to be abducted by the minions of a drug-addicted gangster, Bhai.

In the past, we see Akbar’s life as a fisherman on the island; a place of stunning natural beauty but stifling social conservatism. During a ritual dance performance, Akbar catches the eye of Aamar (Roshan Mathew), a mute islander on the verge of an arranged marriage. A tender but forbidden love affair unfolds between the two men, challenging their assumptions about the future.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Geetu Mohandas’ bold vision has created an exciting new development in LGBTIQ+ representation in Malayalam cinema.

Australian Premiere

"[The Elder One] is a film that stands out for its visceral emotional tapestry interwoven with action-thriller elements. Like a life fraught with questions and travails, it is a ride that can get bumpy, but it is one you should go on, should you get the chance" - Firstpost

Trigger warning: Suicide and violence

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