| 2015 | 116 mins | | ,

Sunday September 11, 2016


$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening
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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. 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.COURT 2TO PURCHASE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS CLICK HERE

“This isn't your typical courtroom drama about an idealistic attorney with a savior complex per se. The film dramatizes how authorities can systematically police thought and harass radicals with bogus charges.” – Martin Tsai, LA Times

 “Here's a film-maker training a sharp, prosecutorial eye on those harsh homefront realities Bollywood has traditionally permitted audiences to escape.” – Mike McCahill, Guardian

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2015 – Best Debut

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2015 – Won Best Film

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