The Smell Of Coffee
A young boy, Raga, accompanies his grieving grandmother
in the wake of his grandfather’s passing.
Perplexed by his absence, Raga innocently yearns for his warm return.
A faint yet familiar smell piques his curiosity, leading him
on a journey of self-discovery in the fading apartment.
Tridev MathanKey Cast
Sithira Thevi SelvalingamKey Cast
Runtime:11 minutes 44 seconds
Completion Date:October 17, 2019
Production Budget:9,000 USD
Country of Origin:Singapore
Country of Filming:Singapore
66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - In CompetitionOberhausen
May 17, 2020
Children's and Youth Film Competition
26th Palm Springs International Short Film Festival - In CompetitionPalm Springs
North American Premiere
Young Cineastes Competition
34th Leeds International Film Festival - In CompetitionLeeds
November 13, 2020
Louis Le Prince Competition
31st Singapore International Film Festival - In CompetitionSingapore
November 28, 2020
Southeast Asian Short Film Competition
13th International Film Festival of Larissa - In CompetitionLarissa
International Short Film Competition
32nd Girona Film Festival - Official SelectionGirona
November 5, 2020
5th Arthouse Asia Film Festival - In CompetitionKolkata
Short Film Competition
25th Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS - In CompetitionRiga
April 10, 2021
International Youth Short Film Competition
9th Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival for Children and Youth - In CompetitionWarsaw
Children's Short Film Competition
Nishok's short films focus on Singaporean individuals
yearning for an approximation of their lost pasts.
His films seek to present sincere stories that capture and explore the half shades and hardly audible notes of human nature.
In the aftermath of my grandfather’s wake, there were several peculiar
occasions where a strong scent of coffee would appear beside me.
No one else could smell it, but me. It would only leave when my grandmother placed a cup of coffee by my grandfather’s altar.
As time went on, these spiritual occurrences became less frequent.
But whenever I felt low or was desperate for a sign from the universe, my grandfather always showed up.
His palpable presence in spite of his absence led to this intergenerational, semi-autobiographical time capsule. Through this film, I hope we can all find the courage to forge ahead with the belief that our guardian angels are always watching over us, even through the most unexpected of signs - just like the smell of coffee.