Ruchika Oberoi, the debutant director of “Island City” produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) won FEDEORA award for the Best Director of a Debut film at the recently held 72nd Venice Film Festival.
The Hindi feature which is produced under the Ministry of I&B’s 12th Five Year Plan Scheme on film production made its world premiere on September 8th n the competition category of the Venice Days sidebar.
The jury that awarded the director praised the film in their citation – Island City stood out for its surrealistic vision of a quasi-modern world, which is also rooted in the realities of everyday life.
The film starring Vinay Pathak, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Amruta Subhash and Chandan Roy Sanyal in the lead roles, opened to a packed house in Italy who cheered and applauded the film with a standing ovation.
The elated Ruchika says, “I am honoured to have this recognition bestowed by such a distinguished jury especially with so many deserving films competing. I’d really like to thank the Venice Days selectors and team for providing such a wonderful platform for our film and for their support and warm hospitality.”
Vikramjit Roy, Head of Sales & Marketing at NFDC, says, “We are delighted at the acclaim won by Island City at the Venice Film Festival and celebrate Ruchika’s recognition at such a prestigious festival. Island City’s success can be attributed to NFDC’s value chain that starts with training and development and transcends in our endeavor to promote the Cinemas of India across the world.”
About Island City
The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first one is about a middle-aged man who wins the office ‘Fun Committee Award’, which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle, but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option.
The second story begins with an autocratic man whose family brings home a television set when he is critically ill and away in a hospital. Now, every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero is a man ideal in every way.
While the third story centers on Aarti whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.
Incorporated in the year 1975, the National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (a Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) was formed by the Government of India with the primary objective of planning, promoting and organizing an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry in accordance with the national economic policy and objectives laid down by the Central Government Sent from my iPhone time. NFDC was reincorporated in the year 1980 by merging the Film Finance Corporation (FFC) and Indian Motion Picture Export Corporation (IMPEC) with NFDC. With more than 300 films in 18 regional languages, many of which have earned wide acclaim and won national and international awards, NFDC’s architecture aims towards creating a domestic and global appreciation of the Cinemas of India.