Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil starrer Political satire “Newton” on 19 February 2017 won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment. The film had its world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival.
Newton was chosen for the award from the total 43 films which were screened in the segment at the festival. On behalf of the director, the award was received by curator Meenakshi Shedde.
Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film received a standing ovation at the festival, with a long and engaging Q and A post the screening.
The film Newton was labelled as a wonderful and exceptional film by the jury, consisting of Spanish film composer Pedro Barbadillo, French producer Rainer Wothe and the Croatian director and Pula Film Festival producer Tanja Milicic.
Statement of the jury is “This exceptional film within the rich and varied Forum selection deals with the various issues of democracy and fight for it during the elections in India. "It's modular portrayal of Indian culture, the dark humour and ironic approach as well as the positive use of typical cliches in Indian society gives 'NEWTON' a unique form and style which will delight audiences in art house cinemas all over the world.”
The film revolves around the story of a rookie clerk on election duty in a conflict-ridden jungle of central India. He tries his best to conduct a free and fair voting. Amit Masurkar, the director of the film, had earlier said that the movie will be released in mid-2017.
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