In a groundbreaking moment for Malayalam cinema, the 27th Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival (TBNFF) marked history by featuring its first-ever Malayalam film, ‘Invisible Windows’ (Adrishya Jalakangal). Directed by Dr Biju and starring the talented Tovino Thomas, the film made its premiere at the festival in Estonia, capturing significant attention for its contemporary relevance and exceptional cinematic quality.
“Invisible Windows” delves into the profound impact of man-made disasters, particularly war, echoing poignant themes that resonate deeply with the current global context. The film received a warm embrace from the festival’s audience during its world premiere, accompanied by a special question and answer session featuring Director Dr Biju, Producers Radhika Lavoo, and Tovino Thomas.
Earning acclaim from both critics and cinephiles, ‘Invisible Windows’ achieved the distinction of being the first Malayalam film to debut in the festival’s official competition segment. As the sole Indian entry in this year’s TBNFF, which unfolded from November 3 to 19, the film stands as a testament to the storytelling prowess of Malayalam cinema.
The film’s enchanting music, composed by three-time Grammy Award winner Ricky Cage, complements its stellar cast, including Indrans and Nimisha Sajayan. Jayashree Lakshminarayan serves as the associate producer, while Chris Jerome and Anindhya Das Gupta take on the roles of executive producers.
Leading a talented team of assistant directors, Flavin S Shiva, the film’s associate director, collaborated with Arvind Raj VS, Anjumol M, Madhumita R, and Siddharth KP. Yes Studios and DI Vista Obscura Entertainments contributed to the film’s impressive visual effects.
Pramod Thomas excelled in sound mixing, while Ajay Atat handled sound design and sync sound recording. Engandiyur Chandrasekaran and Marie Nobre lent their lyrical talents, sung by Job Kurian and Marie Nobre. Davis Manuel served as the film’s editor and chief associate director. Yadu Radhakrishnan showcased his skills as the D.O.P., with Dilip Das overseeing production design. Pattanam Shah handled makeup, and Arvind KR designed the costumes. Anoop Chacko captured stills, and Eldo Selvaraj worked as the line producer.
The inclusion of “Invisible Windows” in the prestigious TBNFF marks a significant milestone for Malayalam cinema, reaffirming its ability to craft narratives that resonate on a global scale. With powerful themes and top-notch production values, the film is poised to receive further acclaim and recognition, adding to its already impressive journey.