Demons in Paradise

by Jude Ratnam

Feature documentary


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

Jude Ratnam
Isabelle Marina

Produced by
Sister Productions (France)
Kriti a Work of Art (Sri Lanka)
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
  • Best Documentary — Festival International du Film d'Histoire (Pessac), 2017
  • International competition — War On Screen (Chalons en Champagne, France), 2017
  • International competition — Festival du Film d'Asie du Sud (Paris), 2017
  • Douarnenez Film Festival - Grande Tribu Selection, 2017
  • Best movie price / Price Ram Bahadur — Film South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2017
  • Opening movie — États généraux du film documentaire (Lussas), 2017
  • Documentary competition — Hamburg IFF (Germany), 2017
  • Special projection — Varsovie Film Festival, 2017
  • Official selection — Festival du Film Indépendant de Osnabrück (Allemagne), 2017
  • Documentary competition — Adelaide Film Festival (Australia), 2017
  • Compétition documentaire — Escales documentaires (La Rochelle), 2017
  • Locarno Festival (Swizterland), 2018
  • Varsovie IFF (Poland), 2018
  • One World International Human Rights (Prague, Czech Republic), 2018
  • Dok.Fest Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München (Munich, Allemagne), 2018
  • Mumbai International Film Festival (India), 2018
  • CPH:DOX (Danemark), 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 (Morocco), 2018
  • Prix "Tolérance", section internationale — FIDADOC (Morocco), 2018
  • "Tolerance" price, international section — International Film Festival Bosnia Herzegovina Looks Around (Paris), 2020
CNC (avance après réalisation)
IDFA Bertha Fund
Île-de-France region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Asian Cinema Fund
International sales
Upside Distribution
Distribution (France)