Chaitanya Tamhane has made the country proud by bagging the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival for his film ‘The Disciple’. Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘The Disciple’ brought this honour home for every Indian three decades after it was last won in 1990 for ‘Mathilukal’ directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI – Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) founded in 1930 in Brussels, Belgium presents the award to the filmmaker of the best film of all the world premieres in the main programmes of the Bright Future and Voices sections, out of competition, by its jury comprising of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world.
‘The Disciple’ chronicles the story of Sharad Nerulkar (Aditya Modak) who devotes his entire life to Indian classical music and diligently follows the traditions and discipline of old masters, his guru and his father. But as time passes he starts questioning his ways and whether it will be possible to achieve what he wants.
‘The Disciple’ is a continuation of Tamhane’s début film ‘Court’ that was screened in the Orizzonti (Horizons) category at Venice in 2016. It has been executive produced by four time Oscar winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuoron.
Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi language film ‘The Disciple’ also broke another barrier by becoming the first film in last 20 years to enter the main competition of any European film festival (Cannes, Venice, Berlin), after Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding in Venice in 2001.
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