Amol Palekar headed 15-member Oscar Selection Jury on 21 September 2015 selected Marathi-film Court as India’s official entry to 88th Oscar Awards.
The film directed by the first-time director Chaitanya Tamhanhe will represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Filmed on a shoestring budget of 3.5 crore rupees, the film takes a close look at India's dysfunctional judicial system - where cases drag on for decades even as the accused impatiently wait for judgment to be delivered - through the eyes of a folk artist.
Awards won by Court
Court has already picked up several prizes in India and abroad. It was adjudged the Best Feature Film at the 62nd National Film Awards in March 2015. It subsequently went on to win as many as 17 international awards.
At the Mosiac International South Asian Film Festival, it was declared the winner for Best Fiction Feature Film and Best Cinematography. It also won the best film award at the Indian film festival, Stuttgart.
Every year a jury under the Film Federation of India (FFI) selects the Indian official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The FFI is an apex body of the Indian film producers, distributors, exhibitors and studio owners, headquartered in Mumbai.
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Who: Marathi- film Court
When: 21 September 2015