Demons in Paradise

by Jude Ratnam

Feature documentary

2017

Official selection, Cannes 2017
Official selection, Cannes 2017
Directed by
Jude Ratnam

Authors
Jude Ratnam
Isabelle Marina

Format
94'
Trailers
Produced by
Sister Productions
Kriti a Work of Art (Sri Lanka)
Synopsis
Sri Lanka, 1983: Jude Ratnam was five years old. He fled the massacre of the Tamils instigated by the majority-Sinhalese government on a red train. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from the south to the north of the island. As he advances, the traces of violence left by the twenty-six-year war, which turned the Tamil minority’s fight for freedom into self-destructive terrorism, pass before his eyes. Unveiling the repressed memories of his compatriots, he invites them to overcome their anger and opens the door to a possible reconciliation.
Festivals & awards
  • Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection - Special screenings, 2017
  • Best of Fests — IDFA (Amsterdam), 2017
  • Meilleur Documentaire — Festival International du Film d'Histoire (Pessac), 2017
  • Compétition internationale — War On Screen (Chalons en Champagne, France), 2017
  • Compétition internationale — Festival du Film d'Asie du Sud (Paris), 2017
  • Douarnenez Film Festival - Grande Tribu Selection, 2017
  • Prix du Meilleur Film / Prix Ram Bahadur — Film South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2017
  • Film d'ouverture — États généraux du film documentaire (Lussas), 2017
  • Hamburg IFF (Germany), 2017
  • Compétition documentaire — Hambourg Film Festival, 2017
  • Projection spéciale — Varsovie Film Festival, 2017
  • Sélection officielle — Festival du Film Indépendant de Osnabrück (Allemagne), 2017
  • Compétition documentaire — Adelaide Film Festival (Australia), 2017
  • Locarno Festival (Swizterland), 2018
  • Varsovie IFF (Poland), 2018
  • One World International Human Rights (Prague, Czech Republic), 2018
  • CPH:DOX (Danemark), 2018
  • Mumbai International Film Festival (India), 2018
  • This is Human World - International Human Rights Film Festival (Australie), 2018
  • 3rd I Film Festival (San Fransisco), 2018
  • Rendez-vous with Madness Festival (Canada), 2018
  • International Film Festival of Kerala, 2018
  • FIDADOC (Morocco), 2018
Partners
CNC (avance après réalisation)
PROCIREP
IDFA Bertha Fund
Île-de-France region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Asian Cinema Fund
International sales
Upside Distribution
Distribution (France)
Survivance
Trailers
Demons in Paradise - Sister Productions