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Teaser: 2018 Venice Intl. Film Critics’ Week Opener Tumbbad

If Stephen Chow can mix martial arts with football, then perhaps Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad‘s Tumbadd can mix fantasy with folklore and a whole lot of extra trimmings on the side. The 19th century epic opens the Venice Intl. Film Critics’ Week. We;ll be reviewing the film out of the Lido. Here is the teaser and synopsis.

India – on the outskirts of a decrepit village called Tumbbad lives Vinayak, the stubborn, conniving bastard son of the village lord, obsessed with a mythical ancestral treasure. He suspects the secret lies with his great grandmother, a cursed witch sleeping for centuries. Confronting her finally puts him face to face with the guardian of the treasure, an evil fallen god. What starts with a few gold coins, quickly spirals into a reckless, perpetual yearning, spanning decades. Vinayak’s greed keeps escalating till he unearths the biggest secret of all, something more.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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