The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which will be held between October 6 and 15, has selected seven nominees for the prestigious Kim Jiseok award. Among them is Aparna Sen’s ‘The Rapist’. The film will be premiering in the ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section.
The Kim Jiseok Award is celebrating its fourth year at the 26th BIFF. It was established in the memory of the late program director Kim Jiseok. The award will be given to the most attractive films that reflect the contemporary standing of Asian cinema keeping in mind Jiseok’s intent. Among the films in the A Window on Asian Cinema section, seven candidates are selected to compete for the award. Two award recipients will be chosen by jurors and will be given a cash prize of 10,000 USD each. The festival has appointed Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi as head of the jury. The two winners of the award will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 26th Busan International Film Festival on October 15.
Tanmay Dhanania in a still from ‘The Rapist’‘The Rapist’ marks the reunion of the mother-daughter duo of Aparna Sen-Konkona Sen Sharma after several acclaimed films including the National Award-winning ‘Mr. And Mrs. Iyer’. Applause Entertainment and Quest Films Pvt. Ltd. will present this gut-wrenching drama that also has Arjun Rampal and Tanmay Dhanania in the lead roles. It chronicles the journey of three protagonists and how their lives get entwined because of one horrific incident. The film looks beyond the obvious crime, to explore not only how it affects the survivors and perpetrators of the crime, but also delves into how one’s idealistic views are drastically altered when the truth hits uncomfortably close to home.According to Sen, “Apart from trying to explore the reasons why our society turns out rapists in such numbers, and looking into the inequalities in our social system that are responsible for giving rise to criminals, what drew me to this story, was the psychology of the three protagonists. Stripping off the layers and the carefully built up facades to get at the person underneath was a fascinating process. Fascinating too was getting the two Indias to come face to face – the India that lives in urban slums with its age-old beliefs and educated urbane India with its ‘progressive’ value systems.”
Arjun Rampal in a still from the film
Sharing the excitement of working with Sen, Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment, said, “Collaborating with Aparna Sen for our first feature has been something we’ve been excited about since we heard this powerful story. The enthusiasm has only doubled up with a nomination.” According to Suchhanda Chatterjee and Shubha Shetty of Quest, “Aparna Sen is someone we have always admired and that’s the reason why we feel so honoured to be producing a film directed by her. As soon as we heard this deeply impactful story written by her, we knew that we had to be part of this film. ‘The Rapist’ is a reflection of the fault lines in society and it raises a few pertinent questions.”
The other six films in competition include Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s ‘No Land’s Man’, Wang Qi’s, ‘The Bargain’, Ilgar Najaf’s ‘Sughra’s Sons’, Ogigami Naoko’s ‘Riverside Mukolitta’, Royston Tan’s ‘24’ and Brillante Mendoza’s ‘Gensan Punch’.
Source: Times of India