Sunday, August 16, 2015

Raam Reddy’s double take in Locarno



68th  Locarno International Film Festival

Bengaluru’s Raam Reddy’s debut work …
the Kannada film ‘Thithi’
collects two awards


*  Locarno’s Cinema of the Present
(Competition for debut features)
 Best Film  

* Locarno’s Swatch First Feature Award
 Prize for Best First Feature

The 68th Locarno International Film Festival held August 5 to 15
lauded Asian cinema and India in particular  in a big way. 

Raam Reddy’s Thithi has the distinction of breaking a jinx at Locarno.
Featured in Concorso  Cineasti del Presente (Filmmakers of the Present),
it is the first Indian film to compete in Locarno over eight long years.













Thithi is a dramatic comedy on the reaction of three generations of sons
to the death of  Century Gowda, their 101 year old great grandfather. 
Set in a small village in Karnataka’s  Mandya district, it has three 
intertwined storylines which culminates with Century Gowda’s thithi,
the final funeral celebration eleven days after a death.


In 2014, Thithi  was selected for the Work-in-Progress Lab at the 
NFDC Film Bazaar held  in  Goa, where it was declared the 
Best Work-in-Progress Fiction Feature.

25 year old filmmaker Raam Reddy, studied photography at 
St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, where he wrote his debut novel
It’s Raining in Maya in 2011. In 2012, he directed his first short,
Ika, which earned several national and international awards.
In 2013, Raam graduated  in direction from Prague Film Schooland 
founded Prspctvs Productions in Bengaluru where he now lives

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