Art Cinema Award for “Newton”, by Amit V Masurkar, at the Forum section of the Berlinale
The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the ART CINEMA AWARD at the 67th Berlinale went to NEWTON by Amit V Masurkar.
India, 2017, 106 min
Direction: Amit V Masurkar
Screenplay: Mayank Tewari, Amit V Masurkar
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav
Production: Drishyam Films
More information on the festival’s website.
Newton is a stickler for principles – whether with respect to his unusual name or the not entirely orthodox way in which his arranged marriage has been handled. But because he doesn’t immediately come across as a nit-picker, he’s given the job of volunteer election worker and entrusted with a mission that demands the utmost flexibility if it’s to succeed. Newton is flown by helicopter into the jungle. The village where he’s to make sure that the election is carried out properly turns out to be a democratic stress-centre, where he must keep devious military personnel and oddball bureaucrats in check – even as the voters, the very people the whole thing is about, remain strangely absent. The Adivasi – as the indigenous people of India are called – are wise to keep their distance from this staged spectacle of democracy and put up resistance with a cunning game of hide-and-seek. Newton remains true to his principles. When a foreign election monitor arrives, the tide turns in his favour – but only temporarily.
The Art Cinema Award jury for the Forum programme at the 67th Berlinale, out of as many as 43 films in competition, decided to award wonderful Indian film NEWTON directed by Amit V Masurkar.
This exceptional film, within the rich and varied Forum selection, deals with the universal issue of democracy, and the fight for it, during elections in India.
Its multilayered portrayal of Indian culture, its dark humor and ironic approach, as well as its positive use of typical cliches within Indian society gives NEWTON a unique form and style which will delight audiences in arthouse cinemas all over the world.