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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1978 - 29 July.6 August

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Ammu, a 10-year-old girl, has a goat that calls Kuttan affectionately. She loves Kuttan more than anything in the world. His father is a farmer who loves plants as much as he loves his family. One day Kuttan eats some plants of Appu that blinded by fury beats his daughter. Later he consumes himself in remorse and, to express his guilt, the next day gives Ammu a small gold chain. A few days later, Ammu starts going to school and Kuttan becomes sad. Once at school, Ammu can not concentrate on her lessons. When the school ends, she gets up to go home, and when she reaches her she finds that her father has sold Kuttan to procure meat at the wedding banquet of the son of the local notable. Ammu reaches the squire's house and begs him to return her friend Kuttan to her. The squire agrees to return them to Kuttan on the condition that you pay 40 Rupees. For a moment, Ammu remains paralyzed, then thinks of his little gold chain, his only one in the world. Ammu pulls the chain from his neck and hands it to the lord and can return home with his goat. Touched by the supreme gesture of sacrifice to have his little goat, the gentleman not only returns the chain to Ammu, but also promises not to kill any animal for the marriage of his son.

Category Official Competition
Section Official Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Production Year 1978
Nationality India
Directed by Ramu Kariat

 regista ramu kariatRAMU KARIAT

Ramu Kariat (alternatively Ramu Karyat) (1 February 1927) is  a legendary Malayali Indian film director for almost three decades from the 1950s to the 1970s. He directed many acclaimed films in Malayalam. His noted films include Neelakkuyil (1954), Minnaminungu (1957), Mudiyanaya Puthran (1961), Moodupadam (1963) and the National Award winning Chemmeen (1965).
He started his career through the Kerala People's Arts Club (K.P.A.C.), a leftist theatre group. He debuted in films by co-directing Thiramala (1953) with Vimal Kumar/P.R.S Pillai and the path-breaking film Neelakkuyil in 1954 along with P. Bhaskaran. Neelakuyil was written by Uroob and starred Sathyan and Miss Kumari was a major commercial success. It was also the first Malayalam film to shoot outdoors,[citation needed] though the number of scenes shot outdoors was very less. This film is considered as the first mature film in Malayalam due to the professional approach it had in direction, script, performances and music. Ramu Kariat's co-director of the film P. Bhaskaran and cameraman A. Vincent went on to have illustrious careers themselves.
After Neelakkuyil, he directed Minnaminungu (1957), another noted film. His next film was the film version of veteran playwright Thoppil Bhasi's highly successful play Mudiyanaya Puthran (1961). After directing another noted film Moodupadam (1963), he went on to direct Chemmeen (1965). Chemmeen is considered as the turning point in Malayalam cinema. The film, an adaptation of Thakazhi Sivashankara Pillai's novel in the same name was the first Malayalam film to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. The tragic love story starring Madhu, Sathyan and Sheela went on to become major commercial success as well.
In 1975 he was a member of the jury at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival.
He directed fifteen films during his career.He was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly from Nattika in 1965 as a left independentm but could not serve in the Legislative Assembly because no one could form the Assembly since there was no majority for any party.