Part of the BFI India at 70 Film Festival. Usurp in collaboration with Day For Night presents an amazing short season of contemporary art-house & new wave films from India to mark 70 years of independence/partition. A rare chance to see “Elippathayam” at Usurp 140 Vaughan Road, London on 24th Nov 2017 among other 5 films in the 70th Film Festival.
Elippathayam / Rat Trap is a 1981 Malayalam film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is critically considered by many to be one of this finest works.
The story documents feudal life in post-independence Kerala at its twilight. It revolves around Unni, a middle aged man living a life of struggle with his three sisters.
Adoor Gopalakrishnan is one of the leading filmmakers from India with a career that spans more than four decades. For some critics he is considered the spiritual heir to Satyajit Ray. All his films have received praises and various accolades from all the corners of the globe.
Elippathayam (Rat Trap) was the first film to bring him widespread international acclaim including winning the prestigious BFI Award for the most original and innovative film in the 1980s.