Odisha film producer’s ‘Runanubandha’ wins award in Canada

Bhubaneswar: ‘Runanubandha’ (The HE without HIM) produced by Swastik Choudhury from Odisha bagged an award at an international film festival in Canada.

The Bengali film under banner of Swastik Arthouse founded by Choudhury won the Best Editing award at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival 2019 at Ontario, Canada.

The 32-year-old Swastik Choudhury has also acted in the film. He has played a very interesting character in the film directed and edited by Amartya Bhattacharyya.

The international film festival, this year, had the theme ‘Courageous Cinema’ and it boasted of some wonderful films from across the South Asian countries.

‘Runanubandha’ is also one of the two Indian feature films to be selected at the 17th Oakland International Film Festival, to be held next month in September. It premiered in the International competition of 24th Kolkata International Film Festival last November. Since then, the film has earned a lot of attention at the festival circuit with its joint International Premiere at festivals in France and UK in April 2019.

The film features first time actor Priyanka Ghosh Roy as the protagonist character around whom the film revolves. Renowned Indian filmmaker Susant Misra plays a short cameo as an actor. The music of the film is scored by Kisaloy Roy, whereas the much iconic Rock musician and the National award winning singer Rupam Islam sings the title song. The film is shot in Kolkata and portrays the city in a unique way, capturing the real moments of everyday life amidst a semi-surreal narrative. Amartya has written, directed, shot and edited the film himself. The sound is designed by Sujoy Das of Filmstop Entertainment, who also happens to be the co-producer of the film.

This film is the third feature film of national award winner Amartya Bhattacharyya, who has earlier made two Odia films – Capital I and Khyanikaa (The Lost Idea), both critically acclaimed at various international film festivals round the world. However, ‘Runanubandha’ is the first feature film in his mother tongue.

Here’re the film festivals in which ‘Runanubandha’ has been selected and screened so far. 

Year Festival Place
2018 24th Kolkata International Film Festival Kolkata, India
2019 41st Moscow International Film Festival Moscow, Russia
17th Oakland International Film Festival Oakland, USA
7th Toulouse Indian Film Festival France
7th Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival Ontario, Canada
4th London Bengali Film Festival London, UK
11th Bengaluru International Film Festival Bengaluru, India
Nitte International Film Festival Mangaluru, India
14th International Film Festival of Thrissur Kerala, India
3rd Bengaluru Bengali-Kannada Film Festival Bengaluru, India
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