Chaitanya Tamhane’s critically acclaimed Marathi film ‘Court’ was on Wednesday selected as India’s entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2016 Academy Awards.
This is feature film that has tried to break out of the clutter of commercial cinema and stand for meaningful and bold film making.
‘Court’ was selected from a shortlist of 30 films by a Film Federation of India jury headed by film-maker Amol Palekar. Marathi film-maker Ravi Jadhav.
Debutant Tamhane’s film beat Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’, Neeraj Ghyaywan’s Cannes winner ‘Masaan’, Omung Kumar’s ‘Mary Kom’, Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’, M. Manikandan’s ‘Kaaka Muttai’ and SS Rajamouli’s ‘Bahubali’ in the Oscar race.
Tamhane’s ‘Court’, which narrates story of the trial of an ageing folk singer accused of performing an inflammatory song that may have incited a sewage worker to commit suicide in a manhole to expose the flaws of the Indian judicial system, has had a phenomenal year, travelling to 19 national and international film festivals and picking up over 16 awards.
The film won two coveted awards – the Horizons award for Best Film and the lion of the Future award for a Debut Film – at the Venice International Film Festival in 2014. It was also picked up by New York-based Zeitgeist Films, known for sensing the next big film-making talent in the world, for distribution in the US.
‘Court’ is the third Marathi film after Sandeep Sawant’s Shwaas (Breath) in 2004, and Paresh Mokashi’s Harishchandrachi Factory (Harischandra’s Factory) made on the life of Dadasaheb Phalke in 2009 to be selected as India’s entry to the Academy Awards.
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