The Fourth Direction

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    The Fourth Direction

    Chauthi Koot

    Directed by



    115 min

    • Punjabi

    Un Certain Regard, Cannes IFF 2015

    CHAUTHI KOOT evokes the atmosphere of suspicion, fear and paranoia of the Punjab in 1984. It considers two loosely connected incidents: two Hindu friends trying to get to Amritsar and, five months earlier, a farmer who is told he has to kill the family dog. One story flows into the other and back - like a relay race one character passing on the baton to another. What binds the two is the condition of the common man trapped between the excesses of the military on one side and the militant movement for a separate Sikh nation on the other.



    Suvinder Vikky
    Rajbir Kaur
    Gurpreet Kaur Bhangu
    Taranjeet Singh
    Harleen Kaur
    Harnek Aulakh Raj
    KanwaIjeet Singh Jugal
    Tejpal Singh
    Gulshan Saggi
    Gurvinder Singh
    Waryam Singh Sandhu
    Jasdeep Singh
    Satya Rai Nagpaul
    Bhupesh Micky Sharma
    Marc Marder
    Gurvinder Singh

    Gurvinder Singh


    I reconstruct the space, the setting, characters and observe them from a distance.

    Gurvinder Singh graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has directed two features in Punjabi. ALMS FOR A BLIND HORSE (2011) premiered in the Orizzonti section at the Venice FF, and won him a National Award for Best Direction, a Special Jury Award and the Black Pearl Trophy at the Abu Dhabi FF, and the Golden Peacock for Best Film at the IFF India, Goa. FOURTH DIRECTION (2015) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes FF, won the Golden Gateway Award at Jio MAMI Mumbai FF with Star, and the Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Film at Singapore IFF. His short film Infiltrator is part of the international omnibus IN THE SAME GARDEN (2016). His short film SEA OF LOST TIME (2019) premiered at the IFF Rotterdam. His most recent feature film BITTER CHESNUT (2019) premiered at the Busan IFF.

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