Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘The Disciple’ wins finest screenplay; ‘Nomadland’ baggage Golden Lion at Venice fest


New Delhi, September 13

Director Chatainya Tamhane received the very best screenplay award for his Marathi-language function “The Disciple” on the Venice Film Festival that noticed Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao bagging the highest prize of the coveted Golden Lion for her drama “Nomadland”.

The winners of the principle competitors had been introduced by the pageant jury throughout the closing ceremony, held on Saturday and live-streamed globally.

Headed by two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, the jury additionally included administrators Joanna Hogg, Christian Petzold and Veronika Franz, novelist Nicola Lagioia and actors Ludivine Sagnier and Matt Dillon.

Tamhane, the wunderkind filmmaker of Indian cinema, grew to become the primary director from the nation to compete in the principle class of a European movie pageant after Mira Nair. Her movie “Monsoon Wedding” received the Golden Lion on the pageant in 2001.

“The Disciple” seems to be on the world of classical musicians on the fringes of success. It follows Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak), an Indian classical vocalist making an attempt to realize purity in his work as he has been raised on the tales of his father and guru concerning the masters of the previous.

The movie had its premiere on the Biennale final week and acquired glowing evaluations from the critics.

“Writing ‘The Disciple’ was by far the most challenging and painful endeavour I have ever undertaken. This honour means a lot to me and it will encourage me to keep pushing my own boundaries even further. I want to dedicate this award to all the musicians, researchers, authors, and historians who helped open the doors to the incredible world of Indian classical music for me,” Tamhane stated in a press release.

Producer Vivek Gomber hailed the film’s win at Venice as an “incredible feat”.

“I am really grateful to the jury and very proud of Chaitanya. It’s the hardest and the loneliest job, but the final script was also what convinced me to back the film,” he added.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron serves as an government producer on the film.

“The Disciple” is the second function movie of 33-year-old Tamhane after his much-acclaimed 2014 film “Court”, which was additionally chosen within the Orizzonti (Horizons) class at Venice. Tamhane had received the Orizzonti Award and the Luigi De Laurentiis for the film.

Back house, greetings from Tamhane’s trade colleagues began pouring in on social media with many calling the movie’s win a proud second for India.

A number of movie personalities, together with actors Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal and filmmakers Sujoy Ghosh and Anurag Kashyap, congratulated the filmmaker.

Taking to Twitter, Chadha stated she is extraordinarily comfortable for the movie’s win.

“A moment of pride for India! Thank you Chaitanya Tamhane, Gomber and all of you! Heart is happy,” she wrote.

Fazal tweeted: “I am just so so so happy today! India celebrate! #TheDisciple @la_Biennale! It’s a big win for filmakers in India. Thank you Chaitanya Tamhane for leading us yet again into the New Age. Vivek Gomber – you dear, are a force.”

Tillotma Shome stated all the crew of “The Disciple” deserved a salute for his or her implausible achievement. “The Disciple by Chaitanya Tamhane and produced by Vivek Gomber wins the Best Screenplay at @la_Biennale!! What a feat!! What a team!! Chaitanya, Gomber, Pooja, Micah, Naren, Tanaji, Rakesh ji and to the whole cast and crew a big salute,” she stated.

Both Ghosh and Kashyap shared the information and applauded the director for the win.

“What fantastic news! Congratulations to Chaitanya Tamhane and my favourite Vivek Gomber,” Alankrita Shrivastava tweeted.

Sai Tamhankar stated with the Venice win, Tamhane has put Marathi cinema on the worldwide map. “Thank you for making India proud, making Marathi cinema proud, giving us hope and a reason to celebrate,” she stated.

Tamhane’s win on the 2020 closing ceremony comes only a day after “The Disciple” acquired the celebrated FIPRESCI award, given by worldwide movie critics.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar additionally congratulated the director for the achievement.

“Congratulations #ChaitanyaTamhane for winning the ‘International Critics Award’ at the @venicefilmfest for the film ‘The Disciple’ that portrays three decades of an Indian classical music practitioners’ journey rooted in Guru-Shishya parampara,” he tweeted.

The prime honour of the pageant, the Golden Lion, went to Zhao for her soulful journey drama function “Nomadland”, starring Frances McDormand.

In the film, the Oscar winner performs a modern-day Nomad, Fern, who units off on the highway to discover a life outdoors of standard society after the 2008 financial collapse.

The movie, which was Zhao’s follow-up to her 2017 vital hit “The Rider”, went into the pageant as one of many foremost contenders for the highest prize.

The win makes Zhao the primary feminine filmmaker to take the highest prize on the pageant since Sofia Coppola triumphed with “Somewhere” in 2010.

She can also be the primary girl of color to carry the coveted trophy following Nair’s win for “Monsoon Wedding” in 2001.

Mexican director Michel Franco’s thriller “New Order” and historic drama “Wife of a Spy” by Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa received Silver Lions for Grand Jury Prize and finest director, respectively.

The finest actress trophy went to British star Vanessa Kirby for her compelling flip as a grieving mom in Hungarian filmmaker Kornel Mundruczo’s “Pieces of a Woman”.

Italian star Pierfrancesco Favino took finest actor for Claudio Noce’s true-life terrorist thriller “Padrenostro”.

“Dear Comrades”, a black-and-white recreation of a 1962 Soviet bloodbath of placing manufacturing facility staff, directed by Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, took the Special Jury prize.

Up subsequent for “The Disciple” is a cease at Toronto International Film Festival, the place it is going to be screened within the Special Presentations class. PTI



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