By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on November 21, 2015
Prashant Nair's comedy-drama film Umrika starring Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Adil Hussain has won the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) for Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival last night. Nair's film has played in several festivals throughout this year winning critical praise across the world. The film is set to play next at Estonia's Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Produced Swati Shetty shared her happiness on Twitter:
— swati shetty (@swatishetty) November 21, 2015
Danish filmmaker Bille August was the president of the 37th Cairo International Film Festival jury. Having won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film (Pelle the Conqueror), August is known for winning the coveted Palme d’Or twice, 1988 and 1992 for his films Pelle the Conqueror and The Best Intentions.
Meanwhile Dagur Kári's Virgin Mountain, which was earlier showcased in the World Cinema section at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival picked up The Silver Pyramid, Special Jury Prize, for Best Director.
Produced by Swati Shetty and Manish Mundra, Umrika premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award. Shortly after opening 6th London Indian Film Festival, the film was sold by sales agent Beta Cinema to France, Germany, Austria, Australia, South Korea and numerous other territories, making it one of the most widely sold Indian independent films of all time.
Set in the 1980s, in the distant Indian (fictional) village of Jitvapur, the film follows Ramakant (Suraj Sharma), a teenager searching for his older brother Udai (Prateik Babbar), who lost touch with his family after leaving their rural home for America in pursuit of a better life.
Watch the trailer right here: