Mumbai : Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Chola or Shadow of Water will be part of Horizons or Orizzonti at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. The 11-day festival, which unfolds on August 28 on the quaint Lido Island, off mainland Venice, will showcase one more Indian movie, Gitanjali Rao’s animated Bombay Rose in the Critics Week (already mentioned in these columns), a festival sidebar that may be compared with its Cannes counterpart. While the Critics’ Week runs outside, though alongside, the festival, Horizons is the second most important official section of the festival, easily comparable to Cannes’ A Certain Regard. Interestingly, like Rao’s work which will herald the Critics’ Week this August, another Indian movie, Tumbbad, did the honours for the same section at Venice 2018. Sasidharan has had a turbulent journey since he made Sexy Durga in 2017. Almost Hitchcockian in feel, the films follows two young fleeing lovers on a lonely night on a desolate road, and their confrontation with a motley group of unsavoury characters. With only a hint of violence, Sasidharan pulls off a marvellous narrative, and the film went on to win the Tiger Award at Rotterdam – but not before it got into trouble with Indian censors, who forced the director to change the title to S Durga! Sasidharan once quipped to me that Durga need not be the name of the goddess alone. So many women have that name, like Parvathy or Saraswati or Lakshmi. So true. Earlier, Sasidharan had made An Off-Day Game, a gripping psychological drama played out by a group of friends – who get all sozzled up with a tragic consequence. Shadow of Water is one of the 19 titles in Horizons that will compete for four prizes, including that for best feature. It is supposed to be a magical realist drama about two teens who run away to a city, where their nightmare begins. In a way, similarities may be drawn between S Durga and Shadow of Water.