A perfect post-Halloween treat with sumptuous cinematography, this Tim Burton-esque light horror transcends its genre barriers, opening International Critics Week at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Sohum Shah’s and Anand Gandhi’s (Ship of Theseus) gothic fantasy is set in the perpetually stormy village of Tumbbad, where a decaying castle hides an immeasurable fortune guarded by something ancient, sinister, and monstrous.
What starts with a few gold coins, quickly spirals into a perpetual yearning, spanning India’s colonial past through independence and beyond, leading to a jaw-dropping denouement that is as sobering as it is spectacular.
“Mad creature-feature designs, Academy-worthy blends of color and pristine optical packaging… Tumbbad is a full genre package seasoned with a pungent foreign kick. A welcoming breed of horror that transcends barrier, creeds, and beliefs.”
–Fantastic Fest Review, Slash Film