Last updated: July 28, 2022 at 17:51 IST
Many directors may overuse the phrase out of the box, but Arati Kadav lives according to it and considers her work as proof of that. She recently won the Best Director award at the International Fantasia Short Film Competition for her short film The Astronaut and the Parrot. A science fiction movie starring Ali Fadl, and it was shown in the competition section of the festival.
The film is about a space explorer who, due to an accident, is straying into a vacuum with little oxygen supply. In his last moments in space, he desperately tries to send messages to his daughter via signals, but is greeted by a showy parrot at the fortune-teller’s booth.
Arate was pleasantly surprised when she received this news. “It feels great to win this award and it is so important for an Indian science fiction movie. I am really grateful to my amazing team, my friends and everyone who made this movie with me. I am grateful to the amazing Ali Fazal, who agreed to stay with me in space. Our goal has always been to create A film in the depths of space and the passion of the whole team can be seen in the film,” says Arati.
Located in Mumbai, Arati grew up in Nagpur and trained as a computer science engineer, he worked as a software developer in the US before deciding to change profession. She was switching sides by working in promotions, music, and six short films. Some of her work includes the one-minute film Time Machine (2017), and her debut feature Cargo (2019), a science fiction drama.
Named by BAFTA for Breakthrough India 2022 Entrants. The festival, which runs through August 3, is known as the world’s leading genre-specific film festival and will also be shown at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival.