|Production Companies:||Intuitive Pictures, Point du Jour|
|Produced in association with:||ARTE, CBC|
|Length:||106′ (filmed and finished in 4k)|
|Language:||English, Hindi, Assamese, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari|
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
- TIFF 2014: World Premiere (7 September): People's Choice Award Winner, Canada's Top Ten Film Festival 2014
- Cinefest Sudbury IFF 2014 (17 September)
- Calgary FF 2014 (20 September)
- Reykjavik FF (Iceland) 2014 (28 September)
- Vancouver IFF 2014 (3 October)
- CPH:DOX 2014
- Tallinn Black Nights FF (Estonia) 2014 (14 November)
- Canada's Top Ten FF 2015 (2 January)
- Palm Springs IFF 2015 (5 January)
- Kingston Canadian FF 2015 (27 February)
- DC Environmental Film Festival 2015 (27 March): Winner, Polly Krakora Award For Artistry in Film
- Trento Film Festival 2015 (2 May)
- Docaviv 2015
Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. The subject is monsoon, the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants.
Filmed across the Indian sub-continent and charting the huge system's path as it surges toward and gradually engulfs every region of the country, Monsoon introduces us to a remarkable array of individuals whose lives are in different ways entwined with the phenomenon. There are the meteorologists, who seek to contain the monsoon within an explanatory net of scientific analysis and rational forecast; there is the neighborhood bookie who takes bets on the arrival of the rains; there are the farmers and fishermen, who depend on and contend with the system's godlike, life-and-death caprices; there are the citizens of Mumbai, where the monsoon's arrival is felt from the slums to the stock market to the dreamscapes of the Bollywood film; there are the nature conservationists who are concerned with the monsoon's impact on the country‟s endangered species; and there is the ordinary Indian family, for whom the annual deluge is part of a rhythmic cycle, at moments unfathomably cruel and joyously affirming.
A cinematic journey into the terrain where nature, science, belief and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon is a film that captures the timelessness and rich human drama of our engagement with the natural world.
Sturla Gunnarsson is one of Canada's most prolific and eclectic filmmakers, whose work spans a range of genres, platforms and subject matter. His most recent documentary, Force Of Nature, won the 2010 TIFF Documentary Audience Award. Other non-fiction features include International Emmy Award-winning Gerrie & Louise and Academy Award nominated After The Axe. Fiction features include Beowulf & Grendel (Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgard), Rare Birds (Willian Hurt, Molly Parker) and Such A Long Journey (Roshan Seth, Om Puri). Gunnarsson has directed dramatic series for almost every major North American broadcaster.
"Monsoon is India's only source of water. All the water that we need to drink, to raise our crops, there's only one single source, which is the monsoon. So the monsoon not only brings water. It brings life to India, which means that it's its soul. Monsoon is the soul of India."
Dr. Ranjan Kelkhar, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department (retired)
"The monsoon is one of the greatest shows on earth, with its terrible grandeur that can go quickly from blessing to curse. Everyone should submit to the experience at least once. If that is not possible, the next best option is to see Sturla Gunnarsson's MONSOON."
Rohinton Mistry, Author, Such A Long Journey, A Fine Balance