Actor Rajkummar Rao-starrer film ‘Newton’ in April 2017 won the best film honour at the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).
The film has its world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival where it won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment.
Directed by Amit Masurkar, Newton is a political satire. The movie revolves around Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk, who is sent on election duty to a naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh. Faced with the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels, he tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the odds stacked against him.
About Hong Kong Film Festival
• The Hong Kong International Film Festival is Asia’s oldest international film festival.
• It was founded in 1976.
• The festival screens over 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory every year.
• From 2017, HKIFF collaborated with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will hold their world premieres at HKIFF.
• The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival was held from 11 to 25 April 2017.