The arrival of a travelling circus sends ripples through a remote village, highlighting the lives and hopes of its often marginalised inhabitants.
Shot in a semi-documentary style, Aravindan Govindan’s The Circus Tentis an allegorical and poetic film on the transience of human relationships. Aravindan worked with a troupe of real-life circus artistes and travelled with them to villages on the banks of India’s Bharathappuzha river, capturing the interaction of performers and villagers alike.
Once thought lost, Aravindan’s lyrical masterpiece in now fully restored and preserved for future generations.
The Circus Tent(Thamp̄, 1978) presented from the new 4K restoration by Film Heritage Foundation.
Exclusive, newly filmed interview with photographer Ramu Aravindan, son of the legendary Aravindan Govindan.
The Circus Tent at Cannes 2022: Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and actor Jalaja interviewed by Anupama Chopra for Film Companion.
24-page booklet with new writing by filmmaker and Film Heritage Foundation founder Shivendra Singh Dungarpur.