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‘Court’ Director Talks About Skewering India’s Nightmarish Legal System

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TheWrap Screening Series: “A lot of lawyers were offended,” writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane says of his film, India’s official submission for foreign-language film Oscar

Writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane‘s “Court” won best film and the Lion of the Future Award for best debut in the Horizons competition at Venice, but it made enemies in the sluggish Indian court system — where 2.6 million of whose the nation’s 4 million prisoners now sit in jail awaiting trial, often for years.

“A lot of lawyers were offended,” Tamhane told moderator Thom Geier at TheWrap’s Screening Series at the iPic Theater in L.A. on Wednesday. “But also it won the national [Indian] film award, the highest honor, which is quite funny considering that the film is quite anti-establishment.” The film is India’s official submission for the foreign-language film Oscar.

“We’re still wondering if they’ve seen it,” joked producer Vivek Gomber, who co-stars in the film and financed most of the budget, reportedly under $600,000.

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