NFDC co-production QISSA wins NETPAC Award at TIFF 2013!
Monday, September 16, 2013 7:05:28 PM (IST)
Bollywood Trade Editorial
TISCA CHOPRA and IRRFAN KHAN
QISSA (Punjabi), an NFDC co-production, directed by debut feature filmmaker Anup Singh, wins the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival that concluded on Sept 15th.
The film, as per the jury, won the award for its sensitive portrayal of the issues of identity and displacement that affect people not only in India, but in all parts of the world and for brilliance of cinematic craft and the choice of metaphor that has been employed to tell a moving story that is bound to provoke thoughts, spark debate and give its viewers an intense experience.
Presented by Heimatfilm and NFDC, QISSA, is a four country co-production between Heimatfilm (Germany), NFDC (India), Augustus Film (Netherlands / Dutch), and Cine-sud Promotion (France) /The Netherlands/France, with Match Factory being the sales agent.
The film boasts a host of talented actors in pivotal and distinctive roles, viz, Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome, and Rasika Dugal.
The NETPAC jury included Jay Jeon (Korea), Intishal Al Timimi (Abu Dhabi) and Freddie Wong (Hong Kong).
Set amidst the ethnic cleansing and general chaos that accompanied India’s partition in 1947, this sweeping drama stars Irrfan Khan — as a Sikh attempting to forge a new life for his family while keeping their true identities a secret from their community.
Beautiful, timeless, and touching the deepest of human impulses, QISSA carries the spirit of a great folk tale. Although it's set in a particular time and place — the Punjab region that straddles India and Pakistan in the years immediately after partition — it is both deeper and broader than any one moment. As this eerie family drama progresses, it cuts to the heart of eternal desires for honour, empathy, and love.
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