The Norway Tamil Film Festival, running from Feb 6th to 9th has proved to be a great hit. Promoted by the local Tamil community in Oslo, which numbers over 10,000, the festival was inaugurated by Kollywood directors Sasi Kumar, Mysskin, SP Jananathan, and Samudrakani.
Amongst the films shown at the festival were Poo, Anjathey, Pokkisham Subramaniapuram, Pasanga, Nadodigal Mayandi Kudumbathar, Peraanmai, E, Yogi and Nandhalala. The most sentimental of these films is Poo in which the wonderfully evocative Parvathi Menon is eternally in love with her cousin Srikanth. She loves him so much that she is even happy for him when he marries a rich woman and becomes an engineer whilst she remains a poor village girl. Only later, when she realises he is heartbroken an unhappy does she break down and express her love for him.
Perhaps the most well-known of the films at the festival, however, was festival favourite Subramaniapuram starring Jai and Swathi. It begins with a dramatic scene as Jai leaves prison and is immediately stabbed. The rest of the film explores the tragic events leading up to the incident. Directed by Sasikumar, who also features in the film, the film was a huge commercial success in 2008.