Being selected to be part of the Venice festival itself is a great honor: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

It's a moment of pride for Malayalis as director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan and the Chola team are having their Gala time at the 76th edition of the oldest film festival in the world, the Venice Film Festival. They not only created a stir among moviegoers who became part of one of the world's prestigious film festivals by walking the red carpet with the traditional Kerala, Mundu and Sair attire, but also by exhibiting a film that invites reflection.

Talking to us from Venice, Sanal tells us: Being selected to be part of the Venice festival itself is a great honor and the review after the screening was fabulous. Chola was screened in a theater that had 1400 seats.

Sanal adds that there are 17 films apart from Chola in the Orizzonti (Horizons) competition category, a special competitive section launched at the festival in 2004, dedicated to films that show the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema. It runs in parallel to the competition for the Golden Lion main prize. The prize never matters, he adds.

How did movie lovers in Venice respond to the red carpet outfit? The dress doesn't matter here. Everyone eats, sleeps and drinks movies here. Nothing else, jokes Sanal.

Chola presenting Nimisha Sajayan , Joju george and rookie Akhil, is a road movie interwoven by two teenagers. The duo has accompanied Sanal in Venice. “As is happening in a place lined with lake and sea, there is only boat service to travel. We also go to some nearby places, ”adds Sanal.