By Yash Thakur. Posted on March 13, 2015
Chaitanya Tamhane’s festival favourite Court seems unstoppable. Yet again, it has been nominated for an award. Court is among nine other films that have been nominated for the prestigious GGA New Directors’ Prize for narrative feature at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2015. Recently, among other accolades, it won a Special Mention in the International Competition at FICUNAM in Mexico.
As one would expect from the birthplace of American Bohemia, the Bay Area competition prides itself on recognizing emerging artists and global cinema. The competition slate is comprised of films from across the globe – nearly 20 different countries are represented in this Festival section. This year, we will award nearly $40,000 in cash prizes.
Court has been on a winning streak at festivals in the last one year since it won the Orizzonti award for Best Film and the Lion of the Future award for a Debut Film at the Venice International Film Festival. It also screened at MAMI last year and won the Best Film Award in the International Competition section. It was recently acquired by Zeitgeist Films for US distribution and is supposed to release in India sometime in May.
Those of us who’ve seen the film, really loved the austere and realistic depiction of India’s caste and corruption ridden society and its flawed legal system. Coming from a young director it is a very mature work. Perhaps the cherry on the cake is that the winner film of 17 international awards is soon going to release in theaters in India on April 17th!