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Court

dir. Chaitanya Tamhane
India 2014, 116’
Polish premiere
Awards and festivals
Venice IFF - konkurs Horyzonty – nagroda dla najlepszego filmu / Orizzonti section - Best Film, “Lew Jutra” – nagroda im. Luigiego De Laurentiisa dla najlepszego filmu debiutanta / Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film
Credits
India 2014
Duration: 116’
director: Chaitanya Tamhane
screenplay: Chaitanya Tamhane
cinematography: Mrinal Desai
editing: Rikhav Desai
music: Sambhaji Bhagat
cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane, Shirish Pawar
producer: Vivek Gomber
language: Hindi, Marathi, Gudjarati, English
colouration: colour

Film description

A courtroom drama and an analysis not so much of guilt and punishment, but of the imperfect justice system of today's Mumbai. When a sewage cleaner dies, a local singer and activist is taken to court – it is said that one of his songs inspired the cleaner to take his own life. In a slow pace, which results from both the specific practices of the police and the court, and the very rhythm of the city, grows a fascinating, Kafkaesque absurdity. Tamhane carefully creates an insightful picture of the (in)justice and the limitations of free speech and human rights, at the same time taking up the subject of cultural, religious, and linguistic differences, and the colonial past of India.

Patrycja Włodek

Chaitanya Tamhane

Born 1987 in Mumbai, director and expert in English literature. In 2012, he participated in Berlinale Talent Campus. "Court," his feature debut, was made as part of Hubert Bals Fund project and premiered in the Horizons section at Venice IFF.

Filmography:

2006 Four Step Plan (dok.)
2010 Six Strands (kr.m.)
2014 Proces / Court

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