Gitanjali Rao is one of India’s best filmmaker you haven’t heard of. Her films have won numerous accolades in film festivals around the world. Her animation style is a brilliant mix of Indian ethos with contemporary animation sensibilities.
Gitanjali recently released her 2006 film ‘Printed Rainbow’ on YouTube.
Here’s more about the film from her website:
Director | Producer : Gitanjali Rao
Sound Design : Rajivan Ayyappan
‘Printed Rainbow’ describes the loneliness of an old woman and her cat, who escape into the fantastical world of match box covers.
Gitanjali painted the entire film frame by frame over three years as a labour of love dedicated to her mother and cat. The film went on to premier in Cannes in 2006 and won her the first set of laurels with three Awards for the Best Short film in Critic’s Week, Cannes 2006. Then followed 22 international awards and screenings in over a hundred international festivals.
“Gitanjali Rao approaches such themes as solitude and death in a gentle and non dramatic way. The narration carries influences from the eastern philosophy of life and rebirth without ruining the feeling of human warmth. We all can attain harmony but in another world.”
– Nadezhda Marinchevska – FIPRESCI 2007