The movie, starring Pitobash Tripathy, is a narrative of the wrestle between man and sea, highlighting the problem of seawater ingression. “That is my first movie which is within the Oscars race. It has additionally been invited to be screened at movie festivals throughout the globe for screening. We’re not disclosing it but. Local weather change is a worldwide concern, and I hope extra folks grow to be involved concerning the local weather disaster. All of us have to make efforts to carry a change,” says the filmmaker.
Other than this, Soorarai Pottru, a Tamil movie directed by Sudha Kongara, can be within the race for a number of classes.
Speaking concerning the Oscars entry, Nila says, “It was slightly powerful as a result of COVID-19 pandemic as theatres are shut in Los Angeles and New York, this yr. So, we needed to go digitally as per the procedures. Now, the movie has been authorized and is obtainable on the Academy Screening Room (ASR). As soon as the movie is obtainable at ASR, now we’ve to begin campaigning for the movie in LA. Apart from, there’s a international Odia society, which is selling the movie. From the native to the worldwide stage, we’ve to succeed in out to folks to assist. We have now finalised an company in LA and they’re going to begin the promotions quickly.”
The movie was additionally screened on the Panorama Part at IFFI in January. The journey for this movie began when Nila noticed a photograph of a hand pump in a newspaper in 2006. He was shocked to see the pump drowned within the sea, and the image confirmed the horrifying reality of sea ingression to him. Nila says that he has adopted the story of sea ingression through the years. He didn’t comply with any screenplay or story for this movie, however took his staff to the affected areas in Kendrapara district in Odisha, and shot the movie with out make-up, units and lights.