Q's 'Brahman Naman' Selected In The Competition Section At Sundance 2016!

By Aditi Patwardhan. Posted on December 03, 2015

Director of films like Gandu, Tasher Desh and Ludo, Kaushik Mukherjee aka Q's first English feature film Brahman Naman has been shortlisted for the Sundance Film Festival 2016. The film will compete in the World Cinema Competition (Dramatic) section at the festival that will run from January 21st to the 31st. The festival has rolled out the list of 65 films that will compete in their U.S. Competition and World Cinema Competition (Dramatic) and Documentary categories as well as in the out-of-competition NEXT slate.

Brahman Naman is produced by Steve Barron’s UK-based Riley Productions.  The sex comedy film is set in the 1980's Bangalore revolving around the life of a 17-year-old who is addicted to whisky, has a filthy mouth as well as a porn collection, but also tops his class. Q’s Kolkata-based production company Overdose Joint has co-produced the film.

Brahman Naman

A still from the film - Brahman Naman

Citing Brahman Naman and the Polish vampire-mermaid-love story The Lure as examples, Sundance's programming director Trevor Groth said in an interview to Indiewire, "This year, we've got comedies, cult-y horror films, and a really wide range of other stuff that I think will connect."

This year's lineup is an interesting one representing 37 countries and 48 first-time filmmakers. Out of the 12,793 submissions, which included 4,081 features and 8,712 short films, a total of 120 feature films have been selected. The announcement of World Cinema Competition and Documentary category is the second so far this year. The Midnight slate was announced on November 22. The Sundance Kids and the New Frontiers installations are to be declared in the coming few days.

Along with several first time filmmakers, there are also quite a few recognizable names to be seen in this year's lineup. Directed by Andrew Neel, co-written by David Gordon Green and produced by James Franco, Goat, a fratboy vengeance story, stars the pop sensation Nick Jonas.  Birth of a Nation, based on Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, starring Nate Parker of Beyond the Lights is another attraction.

Among documentaries, Holy Hell featuring the archival footage compiled about a Hollywood secret society is sure to make a stir, not because of what it documents, but because of the fact that the director of this documentary is unknown. Coming from an "undisclosed" director, Holy Hell is about a west Hollywood-based 'spiritual community' that imploded two decades after Hollywood's inception. Sundance 2016 will be screening two films about the tragic life of TV journalist Christine Chubbuck, who killed herself live on-air in 1974. The feature film directed by Antonio Campos starring Rebecca Hall, Christine is one of them. Then there's  Robert Greene's Kate Plays Christine which documents the process of Kate Lyn Sheil as she prepares to play Chubbuck on screen, which looks to blur the thin line between reality and the performance.

The largest indie film festival in the US, Sundance has the reputation of being a launchpad for fresh filmmakers and several great films every year. Last year, films like Dope, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Tangerine debuted at Sundance.

Here's a list of the films selected in different categories for this year's festival:

US Dramatic Competition

  1. As You Are(Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte | Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton)
  2. The Birth of a Nation (Director: Nate Parker | Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer)3
  3. Christine (Director: Antonio Campos | Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall)
  4. Equity (Director: Meera Menon | Cast: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy)
  5. The Free World (Director: Jason Lew | Cast: Boyd Holbrook, Elisabeth Moss, Octavia Spencer)
  6. Goat (Director: Andrew Neel | Cast: Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer)
  7. The Intervention (Director: Clea DuVall | Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders)
  8. Joshy (Director: Jeff Baena | Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally)
  9. Lovesong (Director: So Yong Kim | Cast: Jena Malone, Riley Keough)
  10. Morris from America (Director: Chad Hartigan | Cast: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson)
  11. Other People (Director: Chris Kelly | Cast: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon)
  12. Southside With You (Director: Richard Tanne | Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers)
  13. Spa Night (Director: Andrew Ahn | Cast: Joe Seo, Haerry Kim)
  14. Swiss Army Man (Directors: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan | Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe)
  15. Tallulah (Director: Sian Heder | Cast: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Uzo Aduba)
  16. White Girl (Director: Elizabeth Wood | Cast: Morgan Saylor, Brian 'Sene' Marc)

US Documentary Competition

  1. Audrie & Daisy (Directors: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk)
  2. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Director: Jeff Feuerzeig)
  3. The Bad Kids (Directors: Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe)
  4. Gleason (Director: Clay Tweel)
  5. Holy Hell (Director: undisclosed)
  6. How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change) (Director: Josh Fox)
  7. Jim (Director: Brian Oakes)
  8. Kate Plays Christine (Director: Robert Greene)
  9. Kiki (Director: Sara Jordenö)
  10. Life, Animated (Director: Roger Ross Williams)
  11. Newtown (Director: Kim A. Snyder)
  12. NUTS! (Director: Penny Lane)
  13. Suited (Director: Jason Benjamin)
  14. Trapped (Director: Dawn Porter)
  15. Uncle Howard (Director: Aaron Brookner)
  16. Weiner (Directors: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg)

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

  1. Belgica (Director: Felix van Groeningen | Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir
  2. Between Sea and Land (Directors: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo | Cast: Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernandéz)
  3. Brahman Naman (Director: Q, Screenwriter: S. Ramachandran | Cast: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania)
  4. A Good Wife (Director: Mirjana Karanovic | Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Boris Isakovic)
  5. Halal Love (and Sex) (Director: Assad Fouladkar | Cast: Darine Hamze, Rodrigue Sleiman)
  6. The Lure (Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Cast: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska)
  7. Male Joy, Female Love (Director: Yao Huang | Cast: Nan Yu, Daizhen Ying)
  8. Mammal (Director: Rebecca Daly | Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Barry Keoghan)
  9. Mi Amiga del Parque (Director: Ana Katz | Cast: Julieta Zylberberg, Ana Katz)
  10. Much Ado About Nothing (Director: Alejandro Fernández | Cast: Agustín Silva, Alejandro Goic)
  11. Sand Storm (Director: Elite Zexer | Cast: Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour)
  12. Wild (Director: Nicolette Krebitz | Cast: Lilith Stangenberg, Georg Friedrich)

World Cinema Documentary Competition

  1. All These Sleepless Nights(Director: Michal Marczak)
  2. A Flag Without a Country (Director: Bahman Ghobadi)
  3. Hooligan Sparrow (Director: Nanfu Wang)
  4. The Land of the Enlightened (Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue)
  5. The Lovers and the Despot (Directors: Robert Cannan, Ross Adam)
  6. Plaza de la Soledad (Director: Maya Goded)
  7. The Settlers (Director: Shimon Dotan)
  8. Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (Director: Kevin Macdonald)
  9. Sonita (Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)
  10. We Are X (Director: Stephen Kijak)
  11. When Two Worlds Collide (Directors: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel)


  1. THE 4TH(Director: Andre Hyland | Cast: Andre Hyland, Johnny Pemberton)
  2. Dark Night (Director: Tim Sutton | Cast: Robert Jumper, Anna Rose)
  3. The Eyes of My Mother (Director: Nicolas Pesce | Cast: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill)
  4. First Girl I Loved (Director: Kerem Sanga | Cast: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand)
  5. The Fits (Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett)
  6. How To Tell You're A Douchebag (Director: Tahir Jetter | Cast: Charles Brice, DeWanda Wise)
  7. Jacqueline (Argentine) (Director: Bernardo Britto | Cast: Camille Rutherford, Wyatt Cenac)
  8. The Land (Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Cast: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Erykah Badu)
  9. Operation Avalanche (Director: Matt Johnson | Cast: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams)
  10. Sleight (Director: JD Dillard | Cast: Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill)


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