Unesco award for HOTEL SALVATION (Mukti Bhawan) at Venice Film Festival 2016!
UNESCO jury has awarded the XXIIIrd prix "Enrico
Fulchignoni" to ShubhashishBhutiani for his movie HOTEL
Jury's motivation : "For the values finely expressed on
the importance of family, time passed together in respect and with love, and
those valuesof human rights which we all share.
The maturity and depth of emotions and cinematic vocabulary used
to display these belie the young age of the director, and we look forward to
seeing many more of his films in the future.
HOTEL SALVATION is part of the Biennale College - Cinema program
at the Venice Film Festival which gives support since 2012 to the young
filmmakers to bring their vision to the big screen and in this case the effort
has borne marvelous fruit. "
CICT-Unesco Jury was composed by : JasminaBoijc
(founder and director UNAFF, Stanford University), PierpaoloSaporito
(President of OCCAM, the UN Observatory on Cultural Communication and
v.president of CICT-UNESCO, Gabriel Griffin-Hall (Author and Poet),
Eliana Bantchev (CICT-UNESCO General Secretary Delegate).
Three years ago, ShubhashishBhutiani’s
short film KUSH had won the Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film.
Starring Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), MuktiBhawan is a joyful tale
of love and leave-taking.
It takes place in a hotel where people check in to spend the
last days of their lives. However, the story is not that much about death but
much more about a special father/son relationship and their capacity to let go.
It seems the audience in Venice was carried away by this
universal story of love, redemption and mourning.
When Daya, a 77 year old man, wakes up from a strange nightmare,
he knows his time is up and he must get to Varanasi immediately in hope of
dying there to attain salvation. His dutiful son, Rajiv, is left with no other
choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father,
leaving behind his wife and daughter.
The two of them check into MuktiBhawan/Hotel Salvation, a hotel
devoted to people hoping to spend their last days there. Rajiv finds himself
having to live and take care of his father for the first time in his life.
The Award will be granted at a ceremony in Paris by UNESCO
where they will also screen the film for a select group of invited guests.