National award-winning director Chaitanya Tamhane’s new Marathi film ‘The Disciple’ has been selected in the Competition section of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival. The Disciple will represent India at the prestigious festival along with Ivan Ayr-directed Meel Patthar (Milestone), which will bow into the Horizons category.
The gala, to be held from September 2 to 12, 2020 on the Lido, will be the first major international film event to take place physically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Competition section fetes up to 20 feature films from across the globe for the world premiere, whereas Horizons (Orizzonti) is an international competition dedicated to films representing new aesthetic and expressive trends in world cinema.
Tamhane’s The Disciple, a 127-minute long feature, stars Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, and Kiran Yadnyopavit. It has been produced by actor Vivek Gomber through his Zoo Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
The Disciple marks Tamhane’s return to Venice after he won the Best Film – Orizzonti, and Lion of the Future award for Court in 2014. Court, poignant commentary on India’s judicial system, also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 2015 and was India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Oscars.
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Tamhane called the selection of The Disciple in the competition segment “an important milestone” for the Indian independent cinema. “Over the last 76 years, the competition in Venice has showcased some of the absolute best films in cinema history. It is an overwhelming feeling to know that The Disciple has been selected for this honor. I want to thank the Venice film festival for showing this faith in my work once again after ‘Court’. This is an important milestone for not just us but also for the Indian independent cinema movement,” Tamhane said in a statement.
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