About the Film

An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction.

Cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane, Shirish Pawar

chaitanya-tamhaneDirector: Chaitanya Tamhane

Born in Mumbai in 1987, Chaitanya Tamhane is an English literature graduate. Six Strands (2010), his first short film, was screened at various international film festivals including Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh, and Slamdance. In 2012, he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival. Court is his first feature film. The film was awarded the Hubert Bals Fund from the Rotterdam Film Festival.


71st Venice International Film Festival (Orizzonti)
Best Film
Lion of the Future or the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for best debut film
16th Mumbai Film Festival (International competition)
Golden Gateway of India: Best Film
Silver Gateway of India: Best Director
Jury Special Mention for Ensemble Cast
51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (International competition)
SİYAD International Feature Film Award
Vienna International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
New Talent award
Minsk Film Festival Listapad (Youth on the March competition)
Best Film
Auteur Film Festival (International Competition)(Serbia)
Grand Prix Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic: Best Film
FIPRESCI Prize Serbia Slobodan Novakovic
Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (International competition)
Special mention of the jury
Singapore International Film Festival
Best Film: Asian Feature Film section (Silver Screen Award)
Best Director
2morrow Festival (Moscow)
Best Script (Chaitanya Tamhane)
Best Cinematography (Mrinal Desai)
FICUNAM (Unam International Film Festival) (Mexico)
Special mention of the jury (International competition)
62nd National Film Awards (India)
Best Feature Film

Saturday, 26th Sept

Venue: Rio, AMC

Runtime: 116 Minutes

Country: India

Language: Marathi/Hindi (Subtitles in English)

Genre: Drama