Tungrus Film Review – Slamdance Film Festival

Tungrus Film Poster, Courtesy Rishi Chandna
Tungrus Film Poster, Courtesy Rishi Chandna
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Tungrus documentary-style short film revolves around the exasperation a pet rooster causes one family in India. The film touches on the horrors each family member has had to endure as they struggle to cope with the rooster’s exploits, such as crapping on the living room floor and scaring the pet cats. The central conflict revolved around the great question: to eat, or to not eat the cursed rooster? Life or death? Clearly a difficult question, that one will struggle with. 

Overall, it’s a funny and light-hearted romp that doesn’t stay longer than it needs to. The film has a very casual, slice-of-life tone that makes it a nice pallet cleanser type film. There are also some actually quite nice pick-up shots of the family’s apartment and the surrounding neighborhood that really help establish a sense of place that makes it feel inviting, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the rooster’s nuisance as a consequence. In short, Tungrusis a very cute short film that will almost certainly at least make you smirk at the mundane absurdity of it.

Still image from Tungrus Film, Courtesy of Rishi Chandna
Still image from Tungrus Film, Courtesy of Rishi Chandna

Tungrus will be screening next at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival, which takes place in Park City, Utah from January 25-31, 2019 and is presented by sponsors Blackmagic Design and Directors Guild of America.  The 2019 Festival marks Slamdance’s 25thAnniversary and is an Academy Award® qualifying festival. Slamdance’s new programming section, “Breakouts,” features the work of several Slamdance alumni, including Steven Soderbergh, who executive produced Beats, and Canadian filmmaker Alexandre Franchi who received the Audience Award for best Narrative Feature at the 2010 festival for The Wild Hunt. These films are by non-first-time-feature directors who demonstrate a determined vision of filmmaking that is instinctively becoming their own. These artists continue to push boundaries in genre and form, and are beacons of light that predict the future of film. 

For more information, please visit the Tungrus Official Website.


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