SCHIRKOA: IN LIES WE TRUST

SCHIRKOA: IN LIES WE TRUST

Directed by Ishan Shukla
India, France, Germany | 103 min | 2024 | English

In a dystopian world where people are forced to wear paper bags over their heads, a newly appointed council member sparks an accidental revolution.

Credits 

Written and directed by: Ishan Shukla
With the artistic collaboration of Bich-Quan Tran

Original score: Sneha Khanwalkar
Sound editing and sound design: Nicolas Titeux
Designs: Ishan Shukla, Yaning Feng
Lies’ clothes are designed by: Antonio Grimaldi
Storyboard: Shahab Serwaty
Cinematography, FX, Lighting: Ishan Shukla
Editing and Compositing: Ishan Shukla
3D Animation Supervisor: Piyush Mittal
Head of MoCap: Jean-François Szlapka
Sound Mixing: Florent Fournier-Sicre, Nicolas Titeux

Voice Cast
Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Argento, SoKo, King Khan, Denzil Smith, John Sutton
and introducing Tibu Fortes and Shahbaz Sarwar

Voice guest stars
Lav Diaz, Gaspar Noe, Karan Johar, Shekhar Kapur, Anurak Kashyap, Piyush Mishra

Producers: Bich-Quan Tran and Ishan Shukla
Co-producers: Stephan Holl, Samir Sarkar
Executive Producer: Anushka Shah

A Dissidenz Films and Red Cigarette Media production
in co-production with Rapid Eye Movies
in association with Civic Studios and Cofinova 18

with the support of
Aide aux Cinémas du Monde – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée – Institut Français,
Epic MegaGrants, Film und Medienstiftung NRW,
Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in partnership with the CNC  

Filmed in France and India
Based upon the short film “Schirkoa” created by Ishan Shukla

  • Ishan Shukla
    Ishan Shukla
    India

Festivals & Awards

WORLD PREMIERE: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2024 – Bright Future Section

press quotes

“It is a stunning, even overwhelming and definitely impressive debut, sporting an aura of cool with a voice cast.”

“Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust inevitably stands on the shoulders of its predecessors: besides Bladerunner, there are whiffs of Star Wars and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, but it is still very much its own, authentic beast.”

CINEUROPA

“a visually impressive breakup of a dystopian society.”

FILM REZENSIONEN

“Ishan Shukla’s Schirkoa heralds the rise of a bright star in an area that is underexplored in India”

OPEN MAGAZINE

“With broad overtures of writers like George Orwell and Ray Bradbury, the film offers a fresh perspective on common conversations about the future.”

CINEPHILE SOCIETY

“It has a fine chance of being a future cult classic”

“Schirkoa: In Lies We Trust Won’t Be a Hit. It’s Too Unique For That.”

JOURNEY INTO CINEMA

Ishan Shukla
India

Ishan is an award winning Indian CG Artist and Filmmaker.
After he worked in the Singaporean animation industry for several years he came back to India and managed to finish his first short film single-handedly. The film became the first Indian animated short to get long listed for the Academy Awards followed by a tremendous reception at more than 120 international festivals.
Ishan Shukla has now set up his own animation studio to work on highly personal and artistic adult oriented animated feature films aimed at both an arthouse and broad audience.

FILMOGRAPHY
2016 Schirkoa, animated short