Swapaanam was one of the most astounding movie in 2013, featuring Jayaram and Kadambari in lead roles. Directed by Shaji N Karun, the movie was the first to get premiered at DIFF. Now, the movie receives all praise from Martial Knaebel, the previous director of Fribourg International Film Festival Switzerland
Martial Knaebel wrote a letter to Shaji N karun praising the movie. The letter is as follows: Dear Shaji, I watched your SWAPAANAM a few days ago and wanted to let some time before writing to you. Just to let my mind thinking. The story is strong, very classical "Romeo & Juliet" of impossible love, between two independent and strong characters. Strong because of their arts.
The lady (Kadambari) charmed me with her magical dances and most of all because of her righteousness. I liked also the room left to the music (Chenda) which was quite a third character.
I watched with my wife Evelyn: we stayed captive during the whole film. In brief something very good. I gave the DVD screener to Mr.Walter for him to watch as well.
Let's see what he will say...
Now I have a question: I found in a srilanka store, the rice from Kerala. How do I cook it?
Martial Knaebel participated to the creation of the trigon-film Foundation (1988), distributor of many Asian, Latin American and African films in Switzerland. Now, he is member of the Foundation Board and the executive board.
In October 2006, he received the Korean Cinema Award at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival and was a jury member in numerous film festivals like Cannes (2000 Jury Camera d'Or), San Sebastian (2003 Altadis-New Directors Award Jury), etc.
He is currently working as Film Expert and consultant of Government for the distribution, promotion of films from Latin America, Asia, Africa in Switzerland.