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HBO Selection

Marathon Boy

at VideoFest 24, Sunday Sept 25th at the Angelika Film Center, 6 PM

Gemma Atwal’s dynamic epic follows four-year-old Budhia, rescued from poverty by Biranchi Das, a larger-than-life judo coach and operator of an orphanage for slum children in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. When Budhia displays an uncommon talent for long-distance running, Biranchi nurtures his gift, heralding him as a folk hero for the impoverished masses, and maybe even for India itself. But after golden child Budhia breaks down during a world-record 65 kilometer run at the age of four, public opinion begins to turn on the guru and his disciple, and soon the two are swept up in a maelstrom of media controversy and political scandal.

Following Budhia’s roller-coaster journey over five years, Marathon Boy is a Dickensian tale of greed, corruption, and broken dreams set between the heart-racing world of marathon running, the poverty-stricken slums, and the political intrigue of a modernizing India. Nothing is what it seems in Budhia and Biranchi’s riveting story, and Atwal continually shifts viewer identification to tell both a shocking story of opportunism and exploitation, but also a touching portrait of an authentic bond between a parent and child.

Read interview with director


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One response to “HBO Selection

  1. Nicki ⋅

    Saw “Marathon Boy” at Rhode Island Int Film Fest. Totally deserved the Grand Jury Award it won. Congrats to the filmmaker and HBO on an amazing film. Could see this have a shot come Oscar time. Hope the little boy from it is doing well, he’s an amazing kid and one of lifes survivors.

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