Bittersweet, directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan and Produced by Quest Films Pvt Ltd, is an official choice at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival the place additionally it is nominated for the Jiseok Awards, which makes it a World Premiere to sit up for!
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, on the nomination, stated, “It is indeed a great honour to be recognized at a top A-lister festival like the Busan International Film Festival, the biggest and most prestigious in the Asian continent. The concerted efforts to make a film that meets the standards of global cinema has borne fruit for my producers Suchhanda and Shubha Shetty and is a great shot-in-the-arm for us aiming to break the clutter.”
About his movie, Anant says, “Bittersweet is an incisive look at human rights and the fight for survival in an extraordinary environment that is a dead-end for women sugarcane cutters.
It resonates in a universal context with its theme of human exploitation at the cost of scruples and an ecosystem upheaval in the future.”
Producers Suchhanda and Shubha Shetty, on their movie Bittersweet and being part of the Busan Film Festival, stated, “One of the reasons we have turned producers is to bring women’s causes to light and we feel truly honoured that Bittersweet happens to be our first film. When Anant narrated the plight of the ladies who work in the sugarcane fields and how they fight to survive, we knew that this was the film that we had to be part of. Women and their fight for equality have been an ongoing process since forever, may it be in the urban corporate scenario or amongst the rural or those below the poverty line. This film deals with an issue that resonates with every woman, in any class or society. The issue of period leave that was brought up recently is a prime example of that issue. We are extremely proud of Bittersweet and will be the happiest if this film brings about even the slightest social change. The fact that a prestigious film festival like Busan film festival offered to do a world premiere, only strengthens our resolve.”
Bittersweet follows the first individual account of Saguna, a sugarcane cutter who’s inducted into the fields and discovers the horrifying observe of hysterectomy that’s prevalent amongst the ladies cutters. Saguna makes an attempt to be the voice of purpose however she comes up in opposition to an setting dominated by the sugar barons, political forces, docs, and contractors. Her determination of whether or not to avoid wasting her current or the future is the dilemma that BITTERSWEET makes an attempt to resolve.
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