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COURT (PG)

a film by Chaitanya Tamhane,

in cinemas 25 March

 

– Winner of Orizzonti Award

& Lion of the Future Award,

Venice Film Festival 2014 –

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Court by Chaitanya Tamhane is just the most stunning Indian film I have seen in 20 years. Not since Satyajit Ray have I seen such a director” 
– Shekhar Kapur 

 

“India’s Oscar entry, COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane, is a masterpiece – a work of the deepest empathy, sublime in its construction.” 
– Joshua Oppenheimer, director of ‘The Act of Killing’

 

Narayan Kamble is an ageing folk singer living in Mumbai who has been marked by the authorities as a dissident. Kamble’s latest charge is for inciting the suicide of a sewage worker through the allegedly seditious lyrics in his songs. With no evidence and few witnesses, events unfold in a lower Mumbai courtroom, shedding a cold light on the justice system in contemporary India. Alongside this, glimpses into the lives and minds of Kamble’s defence lawyer, the prosecutor and the judge illuminate the personal prejudices, corruption and ultimately injustice still prevalent in the shadows of the system. Tamhane’s debut feature places this convincing narrative within the context of a country full of contrasts: modernity versus tradition, wealth versus poverty, young versus old, with both humanity and humour.

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CREDITS:

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane

Producer: Vivek Gomber

Cast: Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Vira Sathidar

Country of production: India

Year: 2014

Running time: 116 mins

Languages: Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English + subtitles

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PRESS:

reviews:

Little White Lies ★★★★: “perceptive and powerful”
Sight & Sound: “Tamhane and his team deserve a place at the high table of international cinema”
The Times ★★★★: “grimly compelling legal drama”
The Financial Times: ★★★★ “funny-cautionary picture of justice at work in Mumbai”

Indiewire: “a masterpiece: one of the best films of the year”
The Irish Times: ★★★★★ “it’s impossible not to think of the great Indian master Satyajit Ray. There can be no higher compliment”
The List: ★★★★ “a masterful piece of social cinema”
London Review of Books
CineVue – ★★★★ “quietly brilliant”
The Guide: “rich, rewarding Indian drama”
Screen International: “a rich, nuanced film”
Variety – “an intelligent, superbly understated script”
Dog and Wolf: ★★★★★ “an extraordinary feature debut”
Filmuforia: “an immersive and engaging film”
The Indian Express – ★★★★ “a searing unmissable film, the best you will see this year”
rogerebert.com – “a masterpiece, one of the best films this year”
Times of India – Marathi film ‘Court’ is India’s entry for Oscars
Film Comment
The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Village Voice

interviews:

Chaitanya Tamhane in conversation with Geoff Andrew at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
Screen International – interview with Chaitanya Tamhane
The Times of India: Forget a National Award, we were expecting sedition charges: Chaitanya Tamhane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORTHCOMING SCREENINGS:

Southport – The Atkinson: 2 Aug 2017

PAST SCREENINGS:

London Film Festival: October 2014

London Indian Film Festival: 20 & 21 July 2015

Inverness Film Festival: 6 November 2015

Keswick Film Festival: 27 February 2016

Aberystwyth – Wales One World Film Festival: 12 March 2016

Cardiff – Wales One World Film Festival: 15 March 2016

London – Picturehouse Central: 25 March 2016 + intro

Dublin – Irish Film Institute: 25-31 March 2016

Bradford – Kala Sangam Arts Centre: 30 March 2016

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse: 3 & 5 April 2016

Leicester – Phoenix: 4-7 April 2016

Hereford – The Courtyard: 5 April 2016

Glasgow Film Theatre: 5-7 April 2016

London – Watermans (Brentford): 8-14 April 2016

Stornoway – An Lanntair Arts Centre: 11 April 2016

Northampton – Errol Flynn Filmhouse: 16 & 18 April 2016

Stockton-on-Tees – Arc: 15, 16 & 20 April 2016

London – Tricycle Theatre: 16 & 24 April 2016

Helensburgh – The Tower Digital Cinema: 26 April 2016

Edinburgh – Filmhouse: 29 April-2 May 2016

Bristol – Watershed: 2-5 May 2016

Birmingham – MAC: 3-5 May 2016

Dumfries – Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre: 5 May 2016

Cardiff – Chapter Arts Centre: 6-12 May 2016

Plymouth Arts Centre: 6-12 May 2016

Castlebar – Linenhall Arts Centre: 10 May 2016

Stoke Film Theatre: 10 May 2016

Tunbridge Wells – Trinity Theatre: 11 May 2016

Berkhamsted – The Rex: 17 May 2016

Leeds – Hyde Park Picture House: 17 May 2016

London – Regent Street Cinema: 17 May 2016

Oxford – The Upp Cinema: 13 & 19 May 2016

Bracknell – South Hill Park Arts Centre: 24 May 2016

Nottingham – Broadway: 30 May 2016

Dartington Barn Cinema: 31 May-2 Jun 2016

Mold – Theatr Clwyd: 2 Jun 2016

Bray – Mermaid Arts Centre: 6 Jun 2016

Exeter – Phoenix: 27, 30 June & 9 Jul 2016

Birmingham: Mosely School of Art: 23 Jul 2016

Heart of Hawick Arts Centre: 4 Aug 2016

Newcastle: Tyneside Cinema: 19 (+intro), 20 & 24 Aug 2016

Chichester Cinema: 22 Aug 2016

Peterborough Film Society: 6 Oct 2016

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse: 11 Oct 2016

Athenry: 17 Oct 2016

Naas: 7 Nov 2016

Broadstairs – The Palace Cinema: 15 Nov 2016

Fermanagh: 16 Nov 2016

Winchester Film Society: 29 Nov 2016

Mayfield Memorial Hall: 24 Feb 2017

Wexford: 7 Mar 2017

Bradford: 23 Mar 2017

Indreabhán – Club Scannán Sailearna : 30 Mar 2017

London – BFI Southbank: 23 & 29 Apr 2017