Festive cheer! Seven Indian films at Busan Film Festival 2020, Bittersweet an official selection

Updated: 15 September, 2020 09:40 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Bittersweet will also have its world premiere at the festival, and is among seven Indian films at a toned-down festival this year, to be held from October 21 to 30.

A still from Bitterswee
A still from Bitterswee

Actor-director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's Marathi film, Bittersweet, will premiere at the Busan Film Festival 2020 in South Korea next month. An official selection, it is also nominated for the Jiseok Awards. "The film provides an incisive look at human rights and the fight for survival in an environment that is a dead-end for women sugarcane cutters," says Mahadevan.

Bittersweet will also have its world premiere at the festival, and is among seven Indian films at a toned-down festival this year, to be held from October 21 to 30.

Ananth Narayan Mahadevan
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan

Mahadevan is naturally happy. "It is indeed a great honour to be recognised at a top A-lister festival like the Busan International Film Festival, the biggest and most prestigious in the Asian continent. The concerted efforts to make a film that meets the standards of global cinema has borne fruit for my producers Suchhanda and Shubha Shetty and is a great shot-in-the-arm for us aiming to break the clutter," he said.

Talking about the film he added: " 'Bittersweet' is an incisive look at human rights and the fight for survival in an extraordinary environment that is a dead-end for women sugarcane cutters. It resonates in a universal context with its theme of human exploitation at the cost of scruples and an ecosystem upheaval in the future."

"Bittersweet" follows the first-person account of Saguna, a sugarcane cutter who is inducted into the fields and discovers the frightening practice of hysterectomy that is prevalent amongst the women cutters. The film stars Akshaya Gurav.

The Kim Jiseok Award is conferred to remember late Kim Ji-seok, who passed away this year after devoting his life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. A grand prize of US$ 10,000 is awarded to two films.

Other selections:

Chaitanya Tamhane's Venice award-winner The Disciple, Shyam Madiraju's Harami starring Emraan Hashmi, Suman Mukhopadhyay's Bengali film Captive featuring Tanmay Dhanania, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's A'hr starring Manju Warrier and Gaurav Ravi, Ivan Ayr's Meel Patthar, and Prithvi Konanur's Kannada-language Pinki Elli? are the other Indian films at the prestigious Korean film festival in 2020.

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First Published: 15 September, 2020 09:40 IST

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