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About Court

Runtime: 116 minutes

Language: Marathi

Genre: Drama


An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction.


71st Venice International Film Festival (Orizzonti)

Best Film

Lion of the Future or the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for best debut film

16th Mumbai Film Festival (International competition)

Golden Gateway of India: Best Film

Silver Gateway of India: Best Director

Jury Special Mention for Ensemble Cast

51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (International competition)

SİYAD International Feature Film Award

Vienna International Film Festival


Hong Kong Asian Film Festival

New Talent award

New Talent award

Best Film

Auteur Film Festival (International Competition)(Serbia)

Grand Prix Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic: Best Film

FIPRESCI Prize Serbia Slobodan Novakovic

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (International competition)

Special mention of the jury

Singapore International Film Festival

Best Film: Asian Feature Film section (Silver Screen Award)

Best Director

2morrow Festival (Moscow)

Best Script (Chaitanya Tamhane)

Best Cinematography (Mrinal Desai)

FICUNAM (Unam International Film Festival) (Mexico)

FICUNAM (Unam International Film Festival) (Mexico)

62nd National Film Awards (India)

Best Feature Film

Best Director: Chaitanya Tamhane DCSAFF 2015