logo 1999


Sections & Films


Category: Edition 1999

The traditional Indian mahout not only trains elephants but gains a special bond with his animals. In the 1970s, Makbul leaves school to follow this, his father's vocation. He is given an elephant and gradually learns all about the animals. But as India modernizes its economy, elephants are replaced with machinery and the way of the mahout is under threat. The local authorities sell off Makbul's elephant, which is mistreated by its new owner and kills him. Makbul's father dies, signalling the end of an era.

Original Title Hathi
Italian Title Hathi
Category Official Competition
Section Rear Window
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 98'
Production Year 1998
Nationality Canada, India
Directed by Philippe Gautier
Screenplay Philippe Gautier, Prajna Chowta
Music Pandit Narasimhalu Vadavati
Main cast Daggubati Venkatesh, Begum Kahurun, Begum Jamila

 regista Philippe GautierPHILIPPE GAUTIER

Philippe Gautier is a production manager and director, known for Hathi (1998).