Aedan: Garden of Desire presents a kaleidoscope of many characters who create visions of life and death.
These characters include a nurse who falls in love while transporting the corpse of her father from the city to her village, an old gentleman who falls victim to the revenge of a failed writer, and a rowdy person who goes through a complete transformation after he finds Jesus Christ. All of this unfolds as the reality of death nears.
Directed by Sanju Surendran l CAST: Abhilash Nair, George Kurian, Prasant, Sunny, Nandini Sree
National Award winning filmmaker, Sanju Surendran’s debut feature film, Aedan – Garden of Desire, won two prizes at International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) – The FIPRESCI prize for Best Malayalam Film and the Rajathachakoram (Silver Crow Pheasant) for the Best Debut Director. Based on S Hareesh’s short stories, his movie also received a positive response from the critics.
The film has all the elements of reality, revolving around the closed intensity that both life and death exist upon. On being questioned about the title of the film, he happily answers that Aedan is a Biblical metaphor, in the disposition that they were mapping a landscape of certain human emotions and human passions and its unpredictability. It was like creating a land where death and life play two central themes. These themes may seem opposite objectively, but they’re interconnected. The death of something also marks the beginning of something else. Without a doubt, the film’s realistic approach is what you’ll take along after the movie ends.
Even though his documentary ‘Kapila’ won a national and an international award, the humble director had no arrogance in him. Ten years after Sanju graduated from FTII, Pune, ‘Aedan‘ was finally made. He acknowledges that the support for his batchmates and friends from the institute was a tremendous contribution. “It’s been a very long journey in the process of making my first feature film. Before this, I made many short films and documentaries. Since ‘Kapila’ was well-received, that worked as a catalyst for the whole team who ignited immense willpower to make a feature film. And that’s how Aedan happened. And we also had a wonderful producer, Mattummal Murali, who was a positive support to all of us. He is very creative so we could do the film exactly the way we wanted to, without any compromise.”