Girls Will Be Girls, the debut manufacturing of actor-couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, has gained two awards on the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.
Documentary Nocturnes, an India-US co-production, additionally bagged an honour on the pageant’s annual awards, held in Park City, Utah.
Girls Will Be Girls, directed by Shuchi Talati, took residence the Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic Competition, whereas its lead actor Preeti Panigrahi gained the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting.
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Nocturnes, directed by Anirban Dutta, gained the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Craft.
According to the makers, Girls Will Be Girls is about in a boarding college in a small Himalayan hill city in northern India. It follows the journey of Mira, a 16-year-old lady, whose rebellious awakening is intertwined along with her mom’s unfulfilled coming-of-age experiences.
The movie is an Indo-French co-production, a collaboration between Chadha and Fazal’s three way partnership Pushing Buttons Studios, and Blink Digital, Crawling Angel Films and Dolce Vita Films.
In a joint assertion, Chadha and Fazal stated they by no means anticipated an “overwhelming response” for his or her debut manufacturing at Sundance.
“This experience reinforces our belief in the power of storytelling and the need to champion diverse narratives that resonate globally. As actors, we’ve always craved powerful stories but getting those opportunities wasn’t always in our hands. That’s why it’s heartening to see our new actors receiving this global acclaim. This recognition motivates us to continue pushing boundaries and telling new stories,” they stated.
Girls shall be Girls was a deeply private and rewarding expertise, stated Talati.
“The film’s success at Sundance is a testament to the collaborative efforts of a dedicated team. Richa has protected this story and film like a lioness. It’s heartening to see our story resonate with audiences and critics alike, and I hope it sparks important conversations about coming-of-age experiences that we don’t often get to see on screen,” she stated.
Nocturnes, a collaboration between Dutta’s Metamorphosis Film Junction and US-based Sandbox Films, is about within the dense forests of the Eastern Himalayas.
“In the dark of night, two curious observers shine a light on this secret universe,” in accordance with the gala’s official web site.
The 2024 version of the Sundance Film Festival is introduced by Sundance Organisation, a nonprofit that discovers and helps unbiased artists, and introduces audiences to their work.