Alternative title: India Blues: Eight Feelings (2013)
Director: George Markakis
Writer: George Markakis
Stars: Christoph Forny, Yiannis Kolios
The development of a love story between two young men, through an exploration of the eight feelings they experience as they fall in and out of love with each other.
India Blues is an edgy, bold and passionate love story between two young men (Chris Forny and Yiannis Kolios) who are sometimes afraid to love each other. Through exploring their experiences and the trivial or important moments in their relationship in real time (their first kiss, their first sexual encounter, their awkward silences, their last hug), we are submerged in their universe of love and the feelings that come with it. Like Jean-Luc Godard once said, “a film should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. But not necessarily in that order”. In taking full advantage of that challenge, lies the unique element of “India Blues”: the feelings the characters experience are not presented to us in sequence, but in the “wrong” order – Pain, Lust, Happiness, Jealousy, Attraction, Peacefulness, Love and Anger, function as eight segments-chapters in the coming together and the tearing apart of two very different people.
The intensity of the two characters’ feelings, which is highlightened even more by the fact that we, exactly like them, experience things in real time, draws the spectator in the emotional roller-coaster of a love relationship, with all the joy and pain involved in it.
India Blues is a film about human emotions. It explores the love relationship of two men through eight feelings. Each segment presents one feeling from their relationship. Following the characters’ emotional journeys, we are transformed, from being spectators, to experiencing the same feelings as they do.
Trying to tell a story without following a traditional structural path, has been a real challenge for me. Almost without any dialogue, and through improvisation with the actors on moments that evolve between them in real time, my goal was to convey each emotion they experience intheir journey of falling in love with each other.
It was a deliberate choice not to reveal in which specific moment in their relationship these two people are. Deciding to narrate their emotions in a non-linear way, allowed me to better explore their different point of view, in different moments (feelings) in their relationship.
India Blues is a journey in the love relationship of two men, through eight feelings that they experience along the way. Each feeling is a different ‘stop’ of that journey Whether the characters will reach their destination or a dead-end, is left open for interpretation.
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