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Virgin Goat

Virgin Goat

Original Title: Laadli Laila
Director: Murali Nair
India | Hindi
2010 | 87min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: Digital Betacam
12+
In this unique tale, director Murali Nair portrays life in rural India with ribald wit and sharp social satire. Poor but proud farmer Kalyan Singh – abused by family and authority alike – takes a journey with the love of his life: a beautiful female goat named Laila. Along the way he meets colorful and bizarre characters. Virgin Goat zestfully shows rarely seen sides of life in South Asia. – Jim Poe

Director,  Murali Nair

Director,  Murali Nair

Born in Kerala, in 1966, Murali completed his post graduate studies in Geology and went on to study a film making course at the Xaviers Institute of Communications, Bombay. He worked extensively in Bollywood as an assistant director to many film makers, while making his own short films. In 1993, his first short film, Tragedy of an Indian farmer, won him a National Award in India. A Long Journey, his third short film, made in 1996, was the first Indian short film to be screened at the Competition section in Cannes. In 1997, Murali moved to London and along with his wife, set up a film production house called Flying Elephant Films and started making programmes for British Television. His first feature film, "Throne of Death", 1999, made in Malayalam, won the prestigious Camera D' Or at Cannes, and won many other prizes in festivals around the world. In 2001, he made "A Dog’s Day", and in 2003, "A Story That Begins At The End", with support from Japanese National TV, NHK and NFDC of India. Both films were part of the official selection at Cannes. His film, "UNNI, Life is all about friends", a French Co-production, won him the City of Venice award at the Venice International film festival in 2007. He has served as a member of jury in many festivals, including the Camera D Or section at Cannes, Fajr International Film festival, Iran, Amnesty International Jury for IFFR and Kerala State Film Awards. - From FIF Born in Kerala, in 1966, Murali completed his post graduate studies in Geology and went on to study a film making course at the Xaviers Institute of Communications, Bombay. He worked extensively in Bollywood as an assistant director to many film makers, while making his own short films. In 1993, his first short film, Tragedy of an Indian farmer, won him a National Award in India. A Long Journey, his third short film, made in 1996, was the first Indian short film to be screened at the Competition section in Cannes. In 1997, Murali moved to London and along with his wife, set up a film production house called Flying Elephant Films and started making programmes for British Television. His first feature film, "Throne of Death", 1999, made in Malayalam, won the prestigious Camera D' Or at Cannes, and won many other prizes in festivals around the world. In 2001, he made "A Dog’s Day", and in 2003, "A Story That Begins At The End", with support from Japanese National TV, NHK and NFDC of India. Both films were part of the official selection at Cannes. His film, "UNNI, Life is all about friends", a French Co-production, won him the City of Venice award at the Venice International film festival in 2007. He has served as a member of jury in many festivals, including the Camera D Or section at Cannes, Fajr International Film festival, Iran, Amnesty International Jury for IFFR and Kerala State Film Awards. - From FIF Murali Nair was born in a little village in the centre of Kerala, the most southern and politically active state in India. He has a passion for politics and makes several journeys through rural India after finishing his university studies in geology. After a brief course at Institut Xavier de Communication in Bombay, he becomes part of the Bombay film industry as assistant director. He develops his experience there before directing his first short film Tragedy of an Indian Farmer in 1993 which won a national prize in India. He then shoots two other short films: Coronations in 1995 and A long Journey in 1996 which is selected for Cannes in the category short films in competition. In 1997, he moves to London and sets up the Flying Elephant Films production company. He starts to make programmes (principally about youth of the world) for British television, with his wife Preeya. His first feature, Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death) wins the Caméra d'Or at Cannes in 1999, and the second, Pattiyude Divasam (A Dog's Day) is also presented in competition at Cannes in 2001. Currently, Murali Nair is producing a series of youth programmes for British television and working on the screenplay of his next feature. "What can I say? I love first films and find them very stimulating. They are films that convey true passion. - From Festival coordinator of the movie Mr. Abbas Khan

Cast and Crew

Cast
Raghubir Yadav, Shiela Naidu, Saurab Gharipurikar, Purnima Maudgil, Archana Phadke
Production Company
Maya Films (India), Unlimited (France)
Music
Fardin Khalatari
Producer
Philippe Avril, Murali Nair
Executive Producer
Raad Ismael
Screenwriter
Jonathan Page, Murali Nair
Editor
Emiliano Batista
Cinematographer
Sandeep Patil
Sound
Harikumar Madhavan Nair, Madhu Apsara
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