Printed Rainbow is an exquisite jewel of an animation short, in which a lonely old woman and her cat escape into a fantasy world of matchbox labels. It hints at a liberated feminism, even as it captures visual and sound styles of various parts of India. The film won three awards in the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week in 2006, and Rao returned to Cannes as a Critics’ Week Jury member in 2011. The film was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in 2008; it won 25 awards and was shown at 100 international festivals. Rao is currently developing Girgit, an 80min animation feature, and Lovestory2012, a 20-min animation short.
Saturday 13 August, 7.00 pm, Rialto
Monday 15 August, 10.00 pm, Rialto