DIRECTED BY: Vinothraj P.S. COUNTRY: India YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Tamil SUBTITLES: English, German RUNNING TIME: 74 min

SECTION: International Competition


Ganapathy an alcoholic wife-beater drags out his young son Velu from school and embarks on a journey to fetch back his wife whom he had chased away. On reaching the in-laws house, he learns that his wife has already left to return to their home. In his frustration, he gets involved in a brawl with his in-laws earning the further disapproval of his son. The young boy dispels his frustration by tearing up the bus fare into bits. This leaves the duo with no choice, but to walk on foot in the scorching summer beaten rural landscapes to reach home. Their feelings are intertwined with the land, where the blazing heat fires up the father’s rage. The land and human emotions lay brazenly palpable in the scorching heat. Towards the end, the nurturing nature of women assuages the hunger and anger of men. This vicious cycle of love and hate is bound to repeat itself.

Vinothraj P.S. is an Indian filmmaker. While working in a DVD shop in Chennai, he was introduced to people from the Tamil film industry. This led to him becoming assistant director on two films by A. Sargunam. After working as an assistant theatre director, he began making his own films. PEBBLES is his feature film debut with its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Pebbles (2021)

SCRIPT: Vinothraj P.S. PRODUCER: Nayan Thara, Vignesh Shivan CINEMATOGRAPHY: Che. Parthi, Vignesh Kumulai EDITOR: Ganesh Siva SCORE: Yuvan Shankar Raja CAST: Chella Pandi, Karuth Thadaiyaan

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Rowdy Pictures Private Limited ( WORLD SALES: Rowdy Pictures Private Limited (