Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Fire in the Mountains

Year: 2020
Country: INDIA
Language: Hindi
Run Time: 87 minutes

Fire in the Mountains
Fire in the Mountains
Fire in the Mountains
Fire in the Mountains

A wife and husband run a modest hotel in a remote Himalayan mountain village. The wife Chandra's strong-willed resourcefulness has made her the family's sole provider but causes friction with her alcoholic husband, who's left feeling emasculated. Their relationship strains further when the couple clashes over the best treatment for their son who has a disability and must use a wheelchair. While Chandra stringently saves to pay for his medical treatments and to build a road to improve their access to doctors, her husband's convinced only an expensive religious ceremony can heal their son. This intense family drama is a study on gender and the impact of modernization in a rapidly changing India reconciling traditional and contemporary ideologies. Beautifully filmed, the cinematography of FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS captures images of lush greenery and vibrant waterfalls that contrast a picturesque mountain escape with rising family tensions. When characters' respective blind faith in diverging religious, social, and medical conventions collide, growing anger and resentment threaten to boil over. This stunning film by self-taught filmmaker Ajitpal Singh is his feature debut. (In Hindi with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Pan-Asian Cinema
Women of the World

International Narrative Competition


Ajitpal Singh

Ajay Rai, Alan McAlex

Dominique Colin

Parikshhit Jha, Simon Price

Principal Cast
Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Sonal Jha, Mayank Singh, Harshita Tewari

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