Newton (out of competition)

2017, India
106 min., col., 1:2.39, 5.1, language — Hindi, Gondi

Director Amit V Masurkar
Scriptwriters Mayank Tewari, Amit V Masurkar
DoP Swapnil S Sonawane
Production Design Anjelica Monica Bhowmick
Music Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor
Editing Shweta Venkat Mathew
Cast Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav
Producer Manish Mundra
Production Drishyam Films
Festival Sales Pascale Ramonda

As India, the world’s largest democracy, braces itself for another general election —with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion — Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting ‘free and fair’ elections in a minefield like this is no child’s play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. But, as they say in the jungle, ‘The more things change, the worse they will get’.

  • CICAE prize, Berlinale forum-2017
  • Jury prize, Hong Kong IFF-2017

Director, scriptwriter. was born in Bagalkot, India in 1981. He studied Engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology in Karnataka, India from 1999 to 2002. He then worked as an assistant director on films made for television, before writing comedy sketches for TV and film screenplays starting in 2003. From 2003 to 2006, he also studied History at the University of Mumbai. His directorial debut, the uber low-budget comedy «Sulemani Keeda» (2014, India-USA) was an indie sleeper hit. «Newton» is his second feature film.