*Official Selection, Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles & Slamdance Film Festival, 2019, and Winner of the International Narrative Feature Jury Award, Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, 2019
A gorgeous and haunting debut film by acclaimed black-and-white photographer Ronny Sen, this raw and gritty narrative follows the stories of several addicts looking for the high of halogen, a synthetic brand of heroin that created havoc in India at the turn of the millenium. Composed of several thematically connected stories that occur over the course of one rain drenched night in Kolkata, the film is not shy to show us the stark brutality of life, whilst also managing to find the beauty in it.
Drawing from his personal familiarity with the world of addiction, Sen foregrounds the human connections between these addicted and forgotten souls, uncannily replicating the intoxication its characters feel while masterfully immersing us in this world with great sensitivity and style. The film’s bewitching score works in tandem with the mesmerizing imagery – in lush monochrome and grey silhouettes, to create a work that is a must-see on the big screen! (3rd i Films)