House of My Fathers


New Directors Competition | 2018 | 95 minutes

Stranger Says: When an infertility plague sweeps the land, a man and a woman from two feuding Sri Lankan villages must venture into a haunted forest to seek a resolution. Tagging along for the trip is a “Strange Doctor” who wastes no time in living up to his nickname. Writer-director Suba Sivakumaran’s magically realistic, horror-tinged road trip certainly generates an impressive mood, especially given the bare-bones production values. Unfortunately, the second half bogs way down, stranding the characters in a series of frustratingly static poses. Still, this debut does cast a spell, even if only intermittently. (ANDREW WRIGHT)

SIFF Says: The tragic and bloody real-life ethnic conflict between Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka inspired this magical-realist fable, in which a man and a woman from antagonistic communities must meet to remove the curse that afflicts both sides.


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Film Credits
Suba Sivakumaran
Bimal Jayakodi, Pradeepa, Steve De La Zilwa, Dharshen Dharmaraj, Dasun Pathirana
SIFF 2019