“An impressive debut that flays alive India’s judicial system. There are courtroom dramas, and then there’s “Court,” Chaitanya Tamhane’s impressive debut, which flays alive India’s justice system while commenting on class, education and access to power. Managing to be both extremely rational and extremely humane, the film works so well thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script and a feel for naturalism that extends beyond mere performance. Tamhane’s judicious entry into lives outside the courtroom provides texture and depth, making this well-rounded depiction of a dysfunctional judiciary an engrossing piece of cinema. (…) In a reflection of the hidebound and slothlike qualities of the tribunals, Tamhane and d.p. Mrinal Desai (“Nainsukh”) use a fixed camera in the courtrooms. The rigid choice functions not only as a visual manifestation of legal paralysis, but also keeps the image absolutely clear, as if the director is lifting the lid on this broken judiciary and forcing audiences to rationally confront the causes of such inequality.(…)” (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

Friday, 04.12.2015 – 10.00 pm, Screen 6 (presented by Christian Schwochow) – in the presence of director Chaitanya Tamhane und Vivek Gomber, leading actor and producer
Saturday, 05.12.2015 – 7.30 pm, Screen 8

With the support of the Indian Restaurant Chutnify, Sredzkistr. 43, 10435 Berlin,




+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: Court, 2014
Country: India
Production: Zoo Entertainment
Cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 116 min.
Language: Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi OV / English subtitles
World Sales: Memento Films International,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Venice, London, Mumbai, Vienna, Hong Kong, Singapur, Dubai, Rotterdam, Goteborg, Istanbul, Karlovy Vary etc.
Awards: Venice Best Debut, Venice Orizzonti Award, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Hong Kong, Minsk, Mumbai, Vienna etc.


“Court” is Indias candidate for the Oscars® 2016 (“Best Foreign Language Film”).