Peace Haven

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    Peace Haven

    Directed by

    India

    2014

    78 min

    • Bengali

    Drama

    PEACE HAVEN is the story of three septuagenarian friends who embark on a journey to build their very own mortuary. They begin their voyage after witnessing the cremation of another friend in his son's absence. The death of proper mortuaries in their hometown means that this body cannot be preserved long enough for his son to travel back from the US and perform the funeral ceremony. In Hinduism, it is vital that the son or daughter conducts the last rites for their parents. The three friends then realize - and worry - that the absence of mortuaries may compromise their own death rites since their children also live abroad. As they contemplate their deaths, they discover that one morgue, called "Peace Haven", preserves dead bodies for three days but that facility is typically reserved for VIPs, and their relatives, only. The friends undertake the task, both actual and allegorical, of preparing for their own deaths: they intend to build a "Peace Haven" for themselves. As the friends begin work on building their own "Peace Haven", they also proceed on a spiritual search for the value of their lives. While the ostensible purpose of this journey is to find a suitable location for their "Peace Haven", it is also a metaphor for their lives and legacies. Past and present comingle in a morphed reality in which we see the friends interacting with long-dead people from their lives as well as engaging in detailed preparations for their "Peace Haven". After an eventful journey, they succeed in reaching the place where their "Peace Haven" will be built. The final scenes of the film show the inauguration of their own "Peace Haven". A party to mark the grand opening has been arranged; the guest list includes all the characters we have encountered throughout the journey, both the living and the dead. The momentous achievement of building a "Peace Haven" of their own leads to joyous celebrations in which the past, the present and the future coalesce to provide a holistic experience of life, ironically through death.

    Awards

    • Asian Cinema Fund - Busan IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Arun Mukhopadhyay
    Soumitra Chatterjee
    Poran Bandopdhyay
    Screenplay
    Arindam Ghosh
    Suman Ghosh
    Cinematography
    Sandip Ghoshal
    Editing
    Sujay DattaRay
    Music
    Mayookh Bhaumik
    Production
    RANDOM WALK FILMS

    Press

    Suman Ghosh

    Suman Ghosh

    India

    Suman Ghosh is a National Award - winning Indian filmmaker. He has made 7 feature films and 1 documentary film. His first feature film FOOTSTEPS (2006), won 2 Indian National Awards in 2008. It was shown at numerous film festivals including Vancouver, Karlovy Vary and IAAC New York. His next feature film NOBEL THIEF (2011), was world premiered at the Busan International Film Festival 2011 and was an official selection at the BFI London Film festival 2011. The film received the Best Indian Film Award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in 2012. His next feature film SHYAMAL UNCLE TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS (2012) was world premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2012 and had its North American Premiere at the MoMA, NY. It won the Outstanding International Feature Award at the Reelworld Film Festival in Toronto. PEACE HAVEN (2014), his next film, was a recipient of the Asian Cinema Fund 2013 and was world premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2015. It made into a number of prominent film festivals and was acquired by Netflix. In 2019 he made his first Hindi film called AADHAAR (2019) which is produced by Drishyam Films and Jio Studios.