Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Starring: Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi
India, 2014, 1 hour 56 minutes, Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati with English subtitles
With its superbly understated script, brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors, and a naturalist approach that reveals the characters in all their complexity, this is a rich portrait of contemporary India. An ageing folk singer is accused of “abetting of suicide” when a sewerage worker is found dead in Mumbai. An affecting mix of absurdist comedy and engrossing tragedy this shows not only the trial, but also the private lives of the lawyers and the judge too, revealing bureaucracy, caste prejudice, and routine corruption, in a quietly devastating indictment of the Indian justice system.
“A masterpiece - a work of the deepest empathy, sublime in its construction.”
– Joshua Oppenheimer, director of ACT OF KILLING
Winner of 15 Festival Awards including Golden Lotus for Best Film at India’s National Film Awards and Horizons Award at Venice Film Festival
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