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Court

Court
Drama, Foreign | 2015 | NR. 1hr 56min
CAST: Usha Bane, Vivek Gomber, Pradeep Joshi, Vira Sathidar DIRECTOR: Chaitanya Tamhane

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.

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. India's Official Selection for the 2015 Academy Awards


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Tamhane's quiet techniques build to pure, cold fury.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
ļ»æWith a poise that's rare in directors making their first feature, Tamhane delivers both a deadpan satire of a rotten legal system and a nuanced portrayal of the people who inhabit it.
Stuart Klawans, The Nation
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