Lady of the Lake

Haobam Paban Kumar/71 minutes/2016/India/Fiction

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Sunday, December 3,2017 | 19:00 | SOCIETET TBY

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Synopsis

The flames reach high into the sky when the fishermen’s huts burnt on Loktak Lake, a rural paradise in north-eastern India where extreme beauty meets extreme violence. In Manipur, it is about the survival of the fittest. The fishermen have no security, just like the shaky foundations of the floating islands of biomass to which they owe their livelihoods. One day, Tomba comes across a pistol wrapped in plastic as he is laying traps, changing his mood from one of lethargy to one of vague belligerence. His wife is worried. Yet their daily struggle for survival has made the couple grow apart and Tomba begins to drift away. He feels even more threatened when he encounters a mysterious woman in a boat. But is the danger real or mere psychosis? Just another way of distracting himself from the unbearable nature of the everyday?

Api membumbung tinggi membakar gubuk milik seorang nelayan di Danau Loktak, sebuah pedesaan layaknya surga di timur laut India, tempat di mana keindahan yang luar biasa bertemu dengan kekerasan yang luar biasa pula. Di Manipur, yang paling kuatlah yang dapat bertahan hidup. Hidup para nelayan sama sekali tidak aman, sama rawannya dengan tanah pulau terapung yang menghidupi mereka itu. Suatu hari, saat memasang perangkap ikan, Tomba menemukan sebuah pistol yang terbungkus plastik. Tomba yang semula murung tiba-tiba berubah jadi agresif. Istrinya sangat mengkhawatirkan Tomba. Perjuangan untuk bertahan hidup sehari-hari membuat hubungan mereka renggang dan kini Tomba mulai menjauh. Ia merasakan ancaman lainnya saat bertemu dengan seorang perempuan misterius di sebuah kapal. Tetapi apakah ancaman itu nyata, atau kegilaan semata? Apakah itu sekadar cara Tomba untuk mengalihkan perhatian dari beban hidup yang berat setiap harinya?

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Director

Haobam Paban Kumar

Haobam Paban Kumar

Director

Haobam Paban Kumar was born in 1976 in Imphal, India. He studied Directing and Screenwriting at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata. Since then, he has worked as a screenwriter, director, and producer.

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Lahir pada tahun 1976 di Imphal, India, Haobam Paban Kumar menempuh studi Penyutradaraan dan Penulisan Naskah di Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute di Kolkata. Sejak saat itu, ia bekerja sebagai penulis naskah, sutradara, dan produser.

 

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