The 70th Venice Film Festival has just concluded and the winners have been announced.
And here’s the good news – Indian filmmaker Shubhashish Bhutiani’s film Kush has won the Orizzonti Award For The Best Short film. This was the only desi entry at this edition of Venice fest.
Orizzonti section puts the spotlight on new trends in cinema. This year 31 films from all over the world were selected in this competitive section. The Orizzonti Jury was chaired by Paul Schrader and composed of Catherine Corsini, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Frédéric Fonteyne, Kseniya Rappoport and Amr Waked. after screening the 31 films in competition has decided to award:
Inspired by a true story, Kush takes place in 1984, surrounding Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Anti-Sikh riots erupt throughout the country. A teacher traveling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students now struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him.
– Film’s FB page is here.
– To know more about the filmmaker and its making, you can read the director’s interview here.
Photo courtesy – Kush Twitter feed