Film audiences around the world are growing up and getting ready to accept bolder and controversial themes. But there are still areas that remain taboo, felt Polish producer Michal Kwiecinski. It's just as difficult to make a film on a subject like incest in Poland as in India, he said. Kwiecinski's film 'Shameless', directed by Filip Marczweski, revolves around the "sinful love" between a brother and a sister. It has made waves at several festivals around the world and is now being screened at the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF).Sinful?
'Shameless' is the story of an 18-year-old boy in love with his 28-year-old sister. The latter is in a relationship with the boss of a local Neo-Nazi unit. But she craves for her brother's love.Sadly, there are people who'd have no objection to her relationship with a Neo-Nazi, but would condemn her for loving her brother.
The film has certain explicit sexual scenes that had to be censored for the screen version. But the DVD version of the film has them. As many as 50,000 DVDs of 'Shameless' have been sold so far.I'd like to watch it here in the US. Streaming? Or is there a DVD that will work here?
"Essentially, both Filip and I were keen on making a film on incest. It's set in a typical Polish town and the idea was to convey the message that these things are a part of our lives, whether we admit it or not," said Kwiecinski.
He would like to see more Indian films on a subject like this, he said. "I have watched a few Bengali films, though I don't remember their titles. They seem to be making them on a small budget, unlike Bollywood films.Hollywood needs to take an honest look at the subject.
The reaction of youngsters in India has left him enthused. "They were asking questions and differed on the subject. But they didn't seem to have written it off altogether. I am sure it happens in India," he said.Of course it does. Also, India has more progressive laws when it comes to consanguinamory. The arts and media should explore consanguinamory and the issues around it. Here is "Shameless" at IMDb.com.