Specialty distributor Zeitgeist Films will give a U.S. release to “Court,” an Indian film that has scooped several major festival circuit prizes since its debut last year in Venice.
Helmed by 27-year-old first-time feature director Chaitanya Tamhane, the film follows the trial of a folk singer who’s accused of inciting a suicide through an inflammatory song. Through the case, the film also explores the personal lives of the lawyers and the judge.
“Court” won two significant awards at Venice: the Orizzonti award for best film and the Lion of the Future award for a debut film. It has now played at 19 festivals and won 16 awards.
“Anyone who is interested in the constantly changing face of India — with its fascinating contradictions — will appreciate ‘Court.’ We don’t use the word ‘amazing’ too often, but there is no other way to describe this film,” said Nancy Gerstman, co-president of Zeitgeist.
A Zoo Entertainment production, “Court” is slated for an early summer release in India.
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