Every year as the Oscars’ season nears, there’s a palpable excitement about the films which make the cut to getting a nomination in the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category. Thanks to the great number of movies churned out in India, there’s always a strong chance one of our land’s movies to get shortlisted. This year, India’s placing all its bets on a multilingual movie called ‘Court’ that has overrode on successes of ‘Bahubali’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and taken a leap straight into the Oscar race.
Film Fest Favorite
One of the top reasons for this film to be garnering so much attention is its performance at the some of the world’s coveted film festivals. ‘Court’ has already seen a successful world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September last year, picking up two high-ranking awards for debut films. Since then, the film has pocketed praises at film fests worldwide.
‘Court’ has received awards at almost every film festival – the total tally now stands at 17. On home-turf, the film won ‘Best Film’ among two other awards at the Mumbai International Film Festival last year.
Film reviewers worldwide have been generously gloating about the film’s amazing “attention to detail and realism.”
On the story-level, everybody is talking about how real and hard-hitting the movie is. An intense courtroom drama, the film follows the trail of a veteran folk singer that has got embroiled in an abetment of suicide case. The unfolding of events in the film sheds light on the country’s judicial system.
‘Court’ talks about not just about any other courtroom battle. In fact the film successfully casts a light on the lives of the people associated with the case, and how it affects them.
What makes the film more interesting and noteworthy is the fact that there are multiple languages getting heard in the runtime. A concoction of languages exists – Hindi, Marathhi, Gujarati and English.
His film’s nomination at the Oscars is already a taste of victory for Chaitanya Tamhane, who is the writer-director of ‘Court.’ He is doubly happy that the film has earned good reviews in India as well, after the film hit the marquee in April this year.
Keeping Expectations Low
Tamhane admits that “the film has given us more than we could ever imagine.” The film’s selection for the Oscars is a “genuine surprise” for him and his team.
‘Court’ has become the third Marathi film to have gotten shortlisted for a nomination at the Oscars. ‘Shwaas’ (Breath) in 2004 and ‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ in 2009 were the other two Marathi films which made a cut to the Oscars before.
Beating Top Contenders
‘Court’ has sailed past 30 other contemporary films – the likes of PK, Masaan, Mary Kom, Haider, Bahubali, among many others.
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