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‘Thariode’ wins award at 7th Art Independent International Film Festival

January 20, 2021 , Sebastian Antony

New Jersey: Film director Nirmal Baby Varghese won the best directorr award in the documentary short category at the 7th Art Independent International Film Festival 2020, Thiruvananthapuram for his period documentary ‘Thariode’.

This documentary film based on the Wayanad gold Rush, tells the history of gold mining in Thariode, one of the oldest cities of Malabar region. Film also charts the history of other gold mines of Malabar in the 19th century.

Film has already selected to Košice International Monthly Film Festival 2020 (Slovak Republic) and Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2021 (England). Film also made it to the finalists in the best trailer category at the Košice International Monthly Film Festival.

The film is produced by Baby Chaithanya under the banner of Casablanca Film Factory. Mathew M Thomas and Fr. Biju Mavara are the executive producers. Director of Photography: Midhun Eravil, Nirmal Baby Varghese. Second unit director of photography: Aswin Sreenivasan, Shalvin K Paul, Shobin Francis. Production designer: Sanitha A T. Editing: Nirmal Baby. Final mixing: Rajeev Viswambharan. Associate directors: V Nishad, Arun Kumar Panayal, Saran Kumar Bare. Voice over: Aliyar. Translation and subtitles: Nandalal R. Censor script: C S Ajith.

Currently, Nirmal is working on the post-production of his feature film titled Vazhiye. It is the first found-footage movie in Malayalam. All the actors are debutants and Hollywood music director Evan Evans is the composer for this film.

Nirmal, a native of Kavummannam, Wayanad. He recently directed a documentary film ‘Thariode’ about the gold mining history of Malabar. He already announced a fictionalization of Thariode, starring Australian-British actor Bill Hutchens. Cinematic remake is titled as “Thariode: The Lost City”, it also stars Luing Andrews, Alexx O’Nell, Courtney Sanello, Amelie Leroy and Brendan Byrne and legendary actor Roger Ward in supporting roles. Currently he is in post-production stage of his directorial Vazhiye. This is a ‘found-footage’ horror film. Vazhiye is the first malayalam movie to be entirely done in the ‘found-footage’ style of filming. All the actors are debutants. Hollywood Music Director Evan Evans is the music director of this film.


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