Asif Kapadia’s debut feature is a western from India in the great tradition of Sergio Leone. The hero has no name. He lives alone with his son, working as a mercenary for a strong and powerful lord. The job of the mercenaries is to pillage, butcher, rape, and annihilate small villages unable to pay the required amount of tax. One day the hero has had enough, but one does not simply quit this kind of job.
Visually the film is a gem. It is also tough as nails, and when the hero ”escapes” into the mountains it is transformed into a lingering road movie; a trek from the barren and flat desert up to the valleys, streams and snow of the mountains. It is a journey to find forgiveness, a journey to regain life. A mental journey back in time in a film that is consciously and fascinatingly timeless. THE WARRIOR is also a journey back in time to 2003, to when the film had its Norwegian premiere at TIFF and Kapadia made his first visit to the festival.
Introduction with director present at the screening on Friday.