The table with the dogs – Kathakali



Kathakali is a type of danced theatre from the Kerala region of India.

Julien is the first student from the Western World to have been accepted in PSV Natyasangham, a school devoted to Kathakali.

For us, he opens the doors of this school and gives us access to a community of men who dedicate their whole life to this Art.

“The table with the dogs – KATHAKALI” is a remarkable documentary that allows us to be the witness of one of the last places where this form of theatre is taught in its purest tradition.

Instead of solely didactic description of what Kathakali is, the film is leading the viewers on a sensorial and atypical journey, that can also be perceived as a hypnotic experience at times.

It has been shown at Centre Pompidou in Paris in September 2011 with the exhibition Paris, Delhi, Mumbai.

It received the Price of the Immaterial Cultural Heritage to the Festival Jean Rouch and the Jury Award at the GDFF in Roma in 2011.

DIRECTION : Cédric Martinelli and Julien Touati

EDITING : Jean-Marie Carrel

SOUND : Guillaume Solignat


HD filmed in Kottakkal, Kerala / Apperture 1.77:1 / 2010

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