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Premio Nescens – Pardo d’oro – Thithi

“Thithi” by Raam Reddy



“The narrative of Thithi is a manifestation of my own restlessness, and my constant search for connectivity in a disconnected world. And there is no need to have a great significance in it, but rather a playfulness which is more meaningful than all things serious.” This is what director Raam Reddy had to say about his first film, playfully underplaying the impact it might have on viewers.

Critics responded warmly to it, with Italian journalist Francesco Boille (Internazionale.it) describing Thithi as “a tough and joyous film, like India” and saying that it leaves the audience with “the sadness of parting from these characters and the desire to see them again.” Feelings that appear to be shared by the Jury of the Concorso Cineasti del presente, who decided to bestow the competition’s main prize, the Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente – Premio Nescens, upon this small yet charming dramatic comedy, filmed entirely on location in the Indian state of Karnataka, with the dialogue spoken in the local Kannada dialect.

Max Borg

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