Directed by the late Aravindan Govindan, “Kummatty” was restored by the NGO The Film Foundation (TFF), founded by Scorsese, which restores and preserves films from around the world. He had a virtual screening on July 11
Indian moviegoers were thrilled when Hollywood director, Martin Scorsese praised a 1979 Malayalam classic kummatty calling it “visually stunning” and a “must see”.
Directed by the late Aravindan Govindan, kummatty was restored by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation (TFF), a non-profit organization that works with archives and studios to restore and preserve films from around the world.
In an Instagram post, Scorsese had announced that the film Malayalam, kummattywill be screened on July 11 at the TFF’s Screening Room, a free virtual space that features restored versions of old films.
In his position, the director, who has won numerous Oscars and created the greatest classics of cinema such as Raging Bull, taxi driver etc., wrote on Instagram, ‘KUMMATTY’ (India, 1979, d. Aravindan Govindan) will be shown at The Film Foundation Restoration screening room. He asked people to tune in at 7:00 p.m. BST/ET/PT for the screening accompanied by live chat.
“The film will also be available on demand at 7 p.m. local time,” the famed director said, posting a number of stills from the Malayalam film.
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Additionally, describing the KummattAs an adaptation of a folk tale from central Kerala featuring a part-mythical, part-real magician called Kummatty, Scorsese said it was a sweet and engaging story and movie. visually stunning. kummatty is a “must-see”, especially since it was until now largely unavailable outside India, he said, adding that viewers should also watch the special features with the son of Govindan, Ramu and the founder of the Film Heritage Foundation, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.
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The Malayalam film is about a magician, named Kummatty, who travels from place to place and entertains children by dancing, singing and doing magic. During one such performance in a village, Kummatty transforms a group of children into animals. But a boy who turns into a dog misses the moment when the children revert to human form and has to wait for the magician’s return.
Kummatty was restored by the Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Film Heritage Foundation and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with General Pictures and the family of Aravindan Govindan, Scorsese said in the post. Funding for the restoration was provided by the Material World Foundation, he added.
In the comments section of the post, several social media users appreciated Scorsese’s efforts to fund the restoration of a Malayalam film. One user wrote: “Thank you Marty for preserving our films. Always a big fan of your Indian works”. Another commented: “Proud moment for Mallus (sic)”. Another wrote: “Scorsese finds films in Malayalam”.
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