By Yash Thakur. Posted on May 07, 2015
Payal Kapadia's film The Last Mango Before The Monsoon was quite a hit at the recently concluded 61st International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen. The compelling short film picked up the prestigious International Critics’ Prize or the FIPRESCI Award and the critics noted that the film 'needs only a few shots to portray a cycle that transcends individual nature...Kapadia’s images are precise and symbolic, leaving spaces for desire, grief, and some tongue-in-cheek humour, too.'
The 19 min. experimental film also received a Special Mention of the International Jury. In a statement, the deeply impressed jury said, "A Special Mention goes to Payal Kapadia’s The Last Mango Before the Monsoon for its elegant tale of enchantment, which confidently uses the short film format to convey its enduring, elliptical narrative."
Kapadia's short was one of the two Indian films that were featured at the prestigious festival (the other being Prantik Basu’s Hawa Mahal) this year. To get a taste of her work, watch her previous short film, Weapons Of Mass Destruction, which was selected for the prestigious Artport, Forth Biennale competition in 2014.