Sundance 2024: Dual Indian Collaborations Secure Prizes

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Girls Will Be Girls Bags Awards at 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Girls Will Be Girls, the first production of renowned actors Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, claimed two prestigious awards at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Another noteworthy film, Nocturnes, an India-US joint production, also earned recognition at the festival’s well-known annual awards held in Park City, Utah. News comes from source of Reader Wall.

Award-Winning Films

Directed by Shuchi Talati, Girls Will Be Girls was conferred the Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It did not stop there, as its leading actress, Preeti Panigrahi, fetched the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for her Acting.

On another note, Nocturnes, under the direction of Anirban Dutta, clinched the coveted World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Craft.

About Girls Will Be Girls

The makers of Girls Will Be Girls set the film in a boarding school nestled in a small hill town of the Himalayas in Northern India. The plot revolves around Mira, a 16-year-old protagonist, whose rebellious awakening forms the crucial link with her mother’s unrealized adolescence. The film is a product of an Indo-French joint venture involving Chadha and Fazal’s Pushing Buttons Studios and industry partners Blink Digital, Crawling Angel Films, and Dolce Vita Films.

The Creators’ Response

Expressing their joy, the actor-couple Chadha and Fazal conveyed that they hadn’t anticipated such an impressive response for their maiden production at Sundance. They stressed that the experience only strengthens their belief in the potential of story-telling and the importance of representing diverse narratives that have a global resonance.

Director’s Remarks

Director Talati pointed out that creating Girls Will Be Girls was a deeply personal and enriching journey for her, and the film’s success at the festival is proof of the team’s dedication and collaboration. She hopes that the film supports discussions about adolescence that are usually not portrayed on screen.

About Nocturnes

The other recognized film, Nocturnes, a collaboration between Dutta’s Metamorphosis Film Junction and Sandbox Films based in the US, brilliantly captures the dense forest of the Eastern Himalayas. The official description of the film invites two interested onlookers to explore this hidden universe.

The Sundance Organisation, a nonprofit organization supporting independent artists and introducing their works to the audience, orchestrated the 2024 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.

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