Traces of Sandalwood
2014, Spain-India, 95’, Color, Spanish-English
Director: Maria Ripoll
Cast: Nandita Das, Aina Clotet, Naby Dakhli, Subodh Maskara, Godeliv Van den Brandt
Gaudi Awards Best Catalan Film
Montreal International Film Festival, Audience Award
Combining striking Bollywood musical sequences with picturesque vistas of Barcelona is this intercultural drama of two estranged sisters.
After the death of their mother during childbirth in their small Indian village, young Mina vows to raise her newborn sister Sita herself. However, destiny has a different fate in mind, as after just a few years the two children are forcibly torn apart. Decades later, Mina (high profile Indian actordirector Nandita Das) is one of the most famous Bollywood stars in India, but the search for her long lost sister remains her paramount mission in life. Meanwhile, Sita lives a life far removed in Barcelona as the biologist Paula (Catalan actress Aina Clotet), entirely unaware of her past heritage or her sister’s existence. When the two are finally reunited, Paula is faced with the challenge of coming to terms with this reality and in her attempts to accept her newfound identity, she will come to know more than one love she never knew she missed.