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77th Venice Film Festival 2020: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi Film “The Disciple” Bags Best Screenplay Award

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Indian-Director-Chatainya-Tamhane-wins-best-screenplay-award-at-Venice-Film-FestivalVenice Film Festival 2020, the 77th Venice International Film Festival organised by La Biennale di Venezia was held from 2nd September to 12th September 2020.  Marathi film – The Disciple, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane and starring Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave and Kiran Yadnyopavit won the Best Screenplay Award at the festival.

  • Chatainya Tamhane is the first Indian to contest in the main category of a European film festival since Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding in Venice 2001.
  • Chinese-American filmmaker Chloe Zhao bagging the top prize of the coveted Golden Lion for her drama Nomadland.

About “The Disciple”:

i.The movie was produced by Zoo Entertainment, the company of Vivek Gomber and the executive producer of the film was Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Gravity and Roma.

ii.The movie The Disciple portrays the both professional and personal life experiences of a Hindustani classical singer.

iii.The movie also won the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) Award which is given by International film critics.

iv.Under the special presentations category this film was screened in the Toronto International film festival.

Points to be noted – Previous Indian film to be awarded the FIPRESCI Award at the annual film gala was “Mathilukal”, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan in 1990.

Other awards at Venice Film Festival 2020:

Golden LionNomadland directed by Chloé Zhao
Silver lion-grand jury prizeNew Order directed by Michel Franco
Silver Lion award for Best DirectorKiyoshi Kurosawa for Wife of a Spy
Special Jury PrizeDear Comrades! Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Coppa Volpi for Best ActressVanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman
Coppa Volpi for Best ActorPierfrancesco Favino for Padrenostro  
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress Rouhollah Zamani for Sun Children
Orizzonti Award for Best FilmThe Wasteland directed by Ahmad Bahrami
Orizzonti Award for Best DirectorLav Diaz for Genus Pan 
Orizzonti Award for Best ScreenplayPietro Castellitto for I Predatori
Orizzonti Award for Best ActressKhansa Batma for Zanka Contact
Orizzonti Award for Best ActorYahya Mahayni for The Man Who Sold His Skin
Orizzonti Award for Best Short FilmEntre Tu Y Milagros directed by Mariana Saffon
Special Orizzonti jury prizeListen directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa
Venice Short Film nomination for the European Film Awards 2020The Shift directed by Laura Carreira
Venice Award for Debut filmListen directed by Ana Rocha de Sousa
Grand Jury Prize for Best VR immersive WorkThe Hangman at Home by Michelle and Uri Kranot
Best VR Immersive User ExperienceFinding Pandora X by Kiira Benzing
Best VR Immersive StoryKilling a Superstar directed by Fan Fan

Recent Related News:

i.On 2nd August 2020, Malayalam film ‘Moothon’ and National Award winning documentary ‘Son Rise’ won awards at the 20th edition of New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF) of Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) which was conducted as a virtual event.

ii.The 70th edition of Berlin International Film Festival(Berlinale) 2020 was held in Berlin, Germany from 20 February–1 March 2020. ‘There Is No Evil’,a film about the death penalty in Iran,won the Golden Bear prize 2020 for the best picture at the Festival.

About La Biennale di Venezia:
President– Roberto Cicutto
Director General– Andrea Del Mercato 
Headquarters– Venice, Italy