First covid era event – Venice Film Festival 2020 concludes; ‘The Disciple’ wins the best screenplay award

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Venice Film Festival 2020 – the first covid era film festival concluded on Saturday, 12th September 2020. The film festival had commenced on 2nd September 2020, and the organizers received a lot of praise from critics, filmmakers, and actors for their daring move of holding the festival amidst a pandemic. To ensure the safety of the guests, organizers of the event had set a number of guidelines to be followed by everyone attending the film festival. According to reports, face masks were compulsory, and reservations were done in advance. However, this year, prominent Hollywood personalities were missing due to travel restrictions. 

All the prize winners received prestigious awards on the last day of the 10-day film festival. As per the media reports, Venice Film Festival 2020 was headed by Cate Blanchett, the jury included novelist Nicola Lagioia, directors Joanna Hogg, Christian Petzold, and Veronika Franz, and actors Ludivine Sagnier and Matt Dillon. 

Eighteen films were competing to win the top awards, and Indian filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane’s ‘The Disciple’ won the Best Screenplay award at the festival. The Disciple is the first Indian film to be selected for a European film festival in a top category after 20 years, the last one to be selected was Mira Nair’s The Monsoon Wedding in 2001. The Disciple is a Marathi film that traces the story of Sharad Nerulkar a Hindustani classical singer. The film is produced by Vivek Gomber, and by an Oscar award winner Alfonso Cuaron. The film, earlier in the festival, won the FIPRESCI award. The last Indian film to have won this award was Mathilukal (Adoor Gopalakrishnan, 1990). Reports suggest, The Golden Lion award for the best film was won by Chloé Zhao’s directorial Nomadland.

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