19th Shanghai International Film Festival, China
Asia New Talent Awards
Raam Reddy's Thithi
for its three top categories
Raam Reddy’s Kannada language directorial debut. Thithi is the the only film from India that has to screen in the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival held in China from 11-19 June.
Overwhelmed with the warm response to Thithi Raam Reddy says, “While the film is still in theatres across India and doing very well, it is really exciting to continue our festival journey, this time with nominations in all three of the top categories in the Asia New Talents Awards. Thithi continues to surprise me with it’s traction in different countries and cultures and I am very excited to see how a Chinese audience respond to the film!”
Produced by Pratap Reddy and Sunmin Park (acclaimed producer of "The Others" starring Nicole Kidman), Thithi was screened in over 12 prestigious international and national film festivals and won 13 awards.
Thithi bagged two top awards –-Pardo d’oro Cineasti Del Presente Premio Nescens” (Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and “Swatch First Feature Award" for the best debut feature— at the Locarno International Film Festival where it had its international premiere in 2015. The film made its Asia premiere at Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), 2015 and won the Jury Grand Prize in the international competition. The film recently won the 2016 National Award for Best Feature film in Kannada and also won three awards at the Karnataka State Film Awards 2016 - Best Film, Best Dialogues and Best Supporting Actress. The film was also selected for 2016 New Directors/ New Films.
Thithi is a dramatic comedy about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest in their clan, a man named Century Gowda: a locally renowned, highly cantankerous 101-year-old man. Set in a small village in Karnataka, the three storylines intertwine before converging at Century Gowda’s ‘thithi’ — the final funeral celebration, 11 days after a death.
The film was released by Suresh Movies in Karnataka on May 6 and has got a tremendous response in its home territory that has been unprecedented for a film of its kind. The film not only received rave reviews but has also won over the audience and is running mostly houseful in urban centers.
About the Director:
Raam Reddy, 26, is a graduate of Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Prague Film School. Previously, he has directed a critically acclaimed short film called Ika (Feather), and published a magic-realism novel titled It’s Raining in Maya.