Reel Solutions and Kala Sangam Present Rat Trap


Rat Trap (Elippathayam) Saturday 21 March, 6.30pm
Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford

RT 4Dir. Adoor Gopalakrishnan India 1981 121 mins (PG) Malayalam with English subtitles.  






One of the best films from one of India’s greatest filmmakers, Rat Trap stands as an outstanding example of the ‘New Cinema’ that emerged in India in the 1970s. The trap of the title is both real and metaphorical, referring to the lingering death of the feudal system in rural Kerala, South India, in the years following independence. The head of a land-owning family refuses to recognise the changes taking place in world around him and turns on his own sisters and servants – behaviour not unlike the rats trapped in the old house.

The characters’ costumes are carefully ‘colour coded’ and the music is equally important in supporting and developing the story. The story and its presentation has an international appeal while still being grounded in the artistic traditions of Kerala. Because of this and the technical mastery on display the film won many prizes including the Sutherland Trophy from the British Film Institute.

This is a beautiful film and an all-time classic of global cinema.



Karla Sangam Arts Centre Bradford




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