After an award-winning run on the festival circuit, Chaitanya Tamhane’s provocative film “Court” has been acquired by Zeitgeist Films for U.S. distribution.
Set in Mumbai, “Court” examines the participants of a trial in which an aging folk singer has been charged with the abetment of suicide — his performing of an inflammatory song may or may not have led to the death of a nearby sewage worker. The film works as a sweeping humanistic study, exploring the lives of the involved judges and lawyers as they react to the proceedings.
“Court,” whose sale was handled by Memento Films International, has earned substantial critical acclaim and won 10 festival jury prizes. Most notably, Tamhane was awarded the Venice Film Festival’s Lion of the Future award.
Co-President of Zeitgeist Films Nancy Gerstman said, “Anyone who is interested in the constantly changing face of India — with its fascinating contradictions — will appreciate ‘Court.’ We don’t use the word ‘amazing’ too often, but there is no other way to describe this film and the amount of awards it has collected confirms that others feel the same way. We admire the taste of our friends at Memento and are very pleased to be working with them on this.”
“Court” will first play at New Directors/New Films before a summer release at Film Forum in New York City. The film will be released nationally at a later date.