Filmmaker Siddhartha Jatla’s, In the Belly of a Tiger is set for its world premiere at the distinguished 74th Berlin International Film Festival. This film promises a captivating human narrative intertwined with visually stunning cinematography, a testament to Jatla's profound connection with the art of filmmaking since his formative years.
Co-written by Siddhartha and Amanda Mooney, the story unfolds in rural India, delving into the resilience of the human spirit amidst the harsh realities of power dynamics where the vulnerable are exploited by the powerful. The film centers on the fundamental right of human dignity, as a family grapples with economic insecurity. The film contrasts the beauty of the human spirit, and a deeply personal love story, with this harsh reality and calls for human society to bring hope and dignity to families in need.
Jatla's debut feature, Love and Shukla (2017), a collaboration with co-writer Amanda Mooney, marked a significant milestone in his career. Premiering at Busan and later traveling to Tallinn Black Nights, Shanghai International Film Festival and over 40 international film festivals, the film received widespread acclaim, earning accolades such as the NETPAC award and the Signis award, and securing a place on NETFLIX.
Featuring a cast of mostly non-professional actors, the film boasts a technical crew that features some of the finest masters in world cinema, including music composer Umebayashi Shigeru ('The Grandmaster,' 'In the Mood for Love'), sound designer Resul Pookutty ('Slumdog Millionaire'), and color grading by the mainland Chinese studio owned and operated by renowned fantasy and action director Wuershan ('Creation of the Gods I – Kingdom of Storms').