Hindi snake woman film, Hisss
, was one of the most spectacular failures in recent Bollywood history. The film was in production for roughly two years before it was finally released to a shitstorm of terrible reviews and rumors about goings-on behind the scenes. The most potent rumor being that Jennifer Lynch had the film taken out of her hands in the editing room in order for the producers to create a more Bolly-friendly version of the film than she had intended. Add to that the complete disappearance and disowning of the film from nearly everyone involved and it became clear that Lynch's career in India was over. Thankfully, a team was lurking around behind the scenes to watch this story unfold.
The resulting film, Despite the Gods
, is scheduled to have its world premiere at HotDocs this year, and here's how they synopsize it:
Jennifer Lynch, daughter of cult film auteur David Lynch, made her auspicious directorial debut in 1993 with Boxing Helena
at the Sundance Film Festival. A box office disaster, the film was
viciously mauled by critics and became the focus of multiple lawsuits.
Fifteen years later, a recovering addict and hard-working single mother,
Lynch returns to the director's chair with an ambitious project that
will test her skills and the entire crew's sanity. Despite the Gods
brings us behind the scenes on the set of Lynch's Bollywood/Hollywood
action film about a man-eating snake goddess. Out of her depth shooting
on location with an Indian crew and two top Bollywood stars, Lynch turns
her production into a vehicle for her own self-actualization, paying no
regard to timeline, budget or reality. As the story in front of the
camera derails, the story behind the camera explodes.
I'm hoping to get the opportunity to review this title as I spent so much time covering that piece of shit, Hisss
, that it is the least I can do to get something positive out of the experience.
The trailer clearly shows Lynch desperately trying to keep a grip on her film and failing miserably. The combined stresses of being the director and having to work in a foreign and very different atmosphere were clearly a strain. I'm really looking forward to checking this out.
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