"DAZZLING AND POIGNANT!"
"An almost indescribable pleasure!" - Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I AM ENCHANTED! I AM SWEPT AWAY!"
"I am smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original. It brings together four entirely separate elements and combines them into a great whimsical chord." - Roger Ebert
"DELIGHTFULLY SUBVERSIVE!" - Variety
"PUTS DISNEY TO SHAME!" - Filmmaker Magazine
"BEAUTIFULLY AUDACIOUS AND PLAYFULLY FUNNY!" - Premiere Magazine
SITA SINGS THE BLUES Animation, Nina Paley, USA, 82 minutes
Recommended for ages 9 to adult
Tragedy, comedy and musical collide in this gloriously animated film from Nina Paley. Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets with Indian accents act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation style, and backed by a soundtrack from legendary 1920's jazz singer Annette Hanshaw.
Sita Sings the Blues follows in the line of Triplets of Belleville, Spirited Away, Waltz With Bashir, and Persepolis to exemplify animation as a "serious" art form — which does not stop it from being laugh-out-loud funny. A panoply of monsters, gods, goddesses, warriors, sages, pyromaniac monkeys and winged eyeballs fills the screen with vivid color from start to finish, while the narrators' improvisational debates over the Rama legend join the filmmaker's own tragicomic story and Hanshaw's done-me-wrong tunes to layer a modern feminist commentary on the ancient Indian legend. The result is a subtly subversive, visually stunning, highly original work of art that is as enjoyable for children as it is for adults!
Creative Commons License:
Nina Paley wrote, directed, edited and produced this animation triumph, which took five years to complete and was a prize winner at multiple festivals, including Annecy, Berlin, Ottawa, Montreal, and many more. Beyond the critical raves, Paley has received lots of attention for her unique "copyleft" distribution philosophy. Frustrated with the traditional Hollywood studio and distribution system, she has donated the film to the public through a Creative Commons License. Paley believes that all culture belongs to the public and this form of distribution allows everyone regardless of location and income to experience it.
This release strategy has greatly raised the film's profile and ultimately helped business, as a dedicated group of new supporters spread the word to friends and family. And to see this film on anything less than its big screen glory would be to miss something truly special!
EXCLUSIVE 35MM AND HD DISTRIBUTION:
GKIDS and Shadow Distribution are bringing this fabulous film to theaters, festivals and other locations across the US and Canada as exclusive distributors for 35mm film and HD video formats. For locations east of the Mississippi, please contact GKIDS. For locations west of the Mississippi, please contact Shadow Distribution.
For more booking information, please contact:
GKIDS Theatrical Department firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-528-0500