Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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Set in post-colonial India, QISSA tells the story of Umber Singh, a Sikh, who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family... individual ambition and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.

"I recall the tales of my grandfather. His fierce and inconsolable voice as it conjures the 1947 partition of India before my childish gaze. The image of Shiva, our lord of creation and destruction: his matted hair wild with mourning and grief as he carries the corpse of his wife through the crumbling universe... QISSA, for me, is a gathering of such memories, family stories, fragments of history and mythology, and images of a lost childhood."
Anup Singh

tags: Adventure, Family, History, Childhood, War, Feature film

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra, Faezeh Jalali, Sonia Bindra


Screenplay: Anup Singh, Madhuja Mukherjee

Director of Photography: Sebastian Edschmid

Film Editor: Bernd Euscher

Composer: Béatrice Thiriet

Production Designer: Tim Pannen

Costume Design: Divya Gambhir, Nidhi Gambhir

Sound: Peter Flamman, Simone Galavazi

Producer: Johannes Rexin

Production Company: Heimatfilm GmbH + Co. KG

Co-Producer: Bettina Brokemper, Nina Lath Gupta, Bero Beyer, Thierry Lenouvel

World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH

Distributor: Camino Filmverleih

Director: Anup Singh