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Have a Nice Life

Prashanth Kamalakanthan, USA 2021, 82’
International premiere
Audience award nominated film. Vote after the screening.
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If you could to imagine Thelma and Louise in a rather psychedelic indie edition with some Bollywood atmosphere, it would probably be the debut of a young Indian filmmaker living in New York, Prashanth Kamalakanthan. Jyothi (played by the director's mother) is an Indian woman immigrant starting out in the United States. Sophie plays in a rock band and feels like everything is spinning out of control. The accidental meeting of these two extremely different people marks the beginning of their stormy acquaintance, and an adventure that will bring them much closer than they ever anticipated. Jyothi and Sophie set off on an unexpected road trip towards Montreal, experiencing various crises, discoveries and doubts along the way. For the director himself, this film trip is a kind of nostalgic return - mainly to places from his childhood in North Carolina, which became his second homeland.

Audience award nominated film. Please pick up a voting card on entering the screening and tear in a place marking your opinion and throw it into an assigned box after the screening (cards and boxes will be available at the theaters). The filmmakers have a chance of winning $10,000. 

Magdalena Bartczak

Prashanth Kamalakanthan

Prashanth Kamalakanthan is a director, screenwriter and cinematographer who was born in Tirupati, Southeast India. Raised in North Carolina, he graduated with a degree in Documentary Film Studies from Duke University. He later moved to New York City to study Screenwriting and Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts. Have a Nice Life is his graduation thesis film and full-length debut; he had previously made several short films.


2014 Anybody Home? (short)

2016 Dream of Me (short)

2016 Durga’s Fall (short)

2017 Houseplants (short)

2018 A Hand (short)

2021 Miłego życia / Have a Nice Life

Cast & Crew

director Prashanth Kamalakanthan
screenplay Prashanth Kamalakanthan
cinematography Lasse Ulvedal Tolbøll
editing Prashanth Kamalakanthan
music Colton Brown
cast Jagathi Kamalakanthan, Lucy Kaminsky, Onur Tukel, Thomas Nash Tetterton, Brook North
producer Artemis Shaw, Jim Bulluck, Andrew Adair, Jake Perlin
production Parori Productions
sales Parori Productions
language Telugu, English
coloration colour
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