Court

Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane

Year: 2014
Running Time: 116
Color Type: Color
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Court

Crew
Directed by Chaitanya Tamhane


INDIA'S OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR THE 2015 ACADEMY AWARDS
WINNER OF 29 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

“India's Oscar entry, COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane, is a masterpiece - a work of the deepest empathy, sublime in its construction.”

–Joshua Oppenheimer, director of ACT OF KILLING

Winner of top prizes at the Venice and Mumbai film festivals, Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court is a quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice, and venal politics in contemporary India. An elderly folk singer and grassroots organizer, dubbed the “people’s poet,” is arrested on a trumped-up charge of inciting a sewage worker to commit suicide. His trial is a ridiculous and harrowing display of institutional incompetence, with endless procedural delays, coached witnesses for the prosecution, and obsessive privileging of arcane colonial law over reason and mercy. What truly distinguishes Court, however, is Tamhane’s brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors; his affecting mixture of comedy and tragedy; and his naturalist approach to his characters and to Indian society as a whole, rich with complexity and contradiction. —New Directors/New Films

Read about COURT in THE NEW YORKER

Reviews

ENGROSSING... There are courtroom dramas, and then there’s COURT, Chaitanya Tamhane’s impressive debut, which flays alive India’s justice system while commenting on class, education and access to power. Managing to be both extremely rational and extremely humane, the film works so well thanks to an intelligent, superbly understated script and a feel for naturalism that extends beyond mere performance.

Biting and devastating, Court is one of the real standouts of this year's New Directors/New Films.

What starts as an absurdist comedy soon blooms into a searing evisceration of India’s legal system.

Critics Pick! The wheels of justice grind slowly and mercilessly in “Court,” Chaitanya Tamhane’s quiet, devastating critique of the antiquated Indian legal system.

Critics Pick! Court is one of the strongest debut features in years.

Press Kit

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Hi-Res Trailer

Interested in bringing Court to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Court may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 5:49pm
"In both incarnations, especially Gone to Earth, the viewer should feel lilted and bewitched by the cinematic sorce…' https://t.co/ddfMaiDoGn'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 5:48pm
RT' @MFAHFilms': "One of the 10 best movies of 2019 so far."—@IndieWire "Diamantino" is a satire that follows the story of a vacuous Portugue…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 4:31pm
RT' @IndieWire': Nadav Lapid’s #Synonyms is destined to go down as one of the most thrilling, infuriating, and essential movies of 2019, writ…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 3:57pm
RT' @adriancurry': Thrilled to premiere my new poster for Nadav Lapid’s Berlinale-winning SYNONYMS which' @KinoLorber' is releasing this Octobe…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 2:06pm
RT' @TheMtnFilm': THE MOUNTAIN opens tomorrow at the' @PolkTheatre' in Lakeland, FL and starts Friday in Oklahoma City at' @OKCMOA' and the' @Belc…'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 1:34pm
@IndieWire' @berlinale' They call it "a sui generis work of tormented genius" and "a bonafide masterpiece that deserv…' https://t.co/PDXBmEwEyP'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 1:22pm
Head to' @IndieWire' to check out our new trailer for Nadav Lapid's' @Berlinale' Golden Bear winner SYNONYMS, coming to…' https://t.co/DKqZdD56k6'
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 1:20pm
RT' @davidehrlich': thrilled to premiere the exclusive first trailer for Nadav Lapid’s Golden Bear-winning SYNONYMS, an utterly staggering mo…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 1:20pm
RT' @IndieWire': Hypnotic First Trailer for Nadav Lapid’s #Synonyms Teases One of the Best Films of the Decade' https://t.co/dVB58Uu2pj' https:…
'@KinoLorber' on Aug. 21 2019 at 12:14pm
RT' @DVDBeaver': Ealing Studio's "The Man in the White Suit" Blu-ray' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/e5onqBexIc' CAN:' https://t.co/oroBRgetNO' UK:…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com