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37 Ratings

Arising from the Surface

Satah se Uthata Aadmi

Directed by Mani Kaul
India, 1980


Taking an experimental approach to the relationship between the written text and moving image, Mani Kaul has a series of texts read aloud in voice-overs (poetry, essays, and stories), while the characters within the texts walk through real or imaginary landscapes.

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Arising from the Surface Directed by Mani Kaul

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  • apexa's rating of the film Arising from the Surface

    I had to really process this film for several days because it has to perhaps the most complex and profound film I've ever seen..nothing quite like I've ever seen. The closest I could say as a comparison would be Zerkalo (Kaul cited Tarkovsky as an film influence but he also didn't weigh heavily on filmmmaker influence when making films) but that would not be fair since the connection is so faint. Absolutely amazing.