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    Court

    Directed by

    India

    2014

    116 min

    • English
    • Hindi
    • Marathi
    • Gujurati

    Drama

    Indian submission for the Academy Awards

    The corpse of a sewage system worker is found under a manhole in Mumbai. An old storyteller is accused and indicted of instigation to suicide. As the trial moves forward, the private lives of the people involved in the case are examined.

    Awards

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    • Lion of the Future Award & Orizzonti Award for Best Film - Venice IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Viennale
    • Best Film, Best Director - Singapore IFF
    • Special Mention (International Competition) - FICUNAM
    • Best Film - National Film Awards (India)
    • Best Film, Best Actor (Vivek Gomber), FIPRESCI Award (International Competition) - BAFICI

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    Credits

    Cast
    Vira Sathidar
    Vivek Gomber
    Geetanjali Kulkarni
    Shirish Pawar
    Pradeep Joshi
    Usha Bane
    Screenplay
    Chaitanya Tamhane
    Cinematography
    Mrinal Desai
    Editing
    Rikhav Desai
    Music
    Sambhaji Bhagat

    Director's Statement

    I was surprised by my urge to explore the Indian judiciary. After all, so much has been done and said in the genre of courtroom dramas. But when I attended a nondescript lower court in suburban Mumbai, the sheer lack of drama, and the casualness with which life and death decisions were being made, was what sparked my imagination. Every face has a story of its own; the stenographer who disinterestedly types away all day, the peon who runs errands for a small bribe, the inarticulate lawyers reading out long, technical passages from outdated law books, the appellants who have probably spent years waiting for their case number to be called out. Amidst all this theatre, are the hopes and fears of ordinary people, who cling on to every word they can understand, as their fates are decided. Although the film is set in very peculiar sub-cultures of Mumbai, the attempt is to explore the invisible fabric of a collective. The characters are constantly acting upon the invisible triggers of caste and class politics, patriarchy, and feudalism. Instead of giving the viewers a release system by demonizing a few and glorifying others, I find it more challenging to lend dignity and humanity to these characters.

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    Press

    An impressive debut that flays alive India’s judicial system thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Chaitanya Tamhane's quietly brilliant Court (2014) takes an individual court case and, through following its laborious labyrinthine process, creates a damning j'accuse of wider Indian society.

    John Bleasdale, Cine-Vue

    Silent, beautiful and relentless.

    Judy Harris, myDylarama

    Chaitanya Tamhane

    Chaitanya Tamhane

    India

    Born in 1987 in Mumbai, India, Chaitanya Tamhane is an English literature graduate. He has been actively involved in theatre since 2004 and has won several awards as a playwright and director. In 2006, he wrote and directed a feature length documentary titled FOUR STEP PLAN on plagiarism in Indian cinema and a short film SIX STRANDS.