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Newton

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

Fresh out of college with a Masters of physics in hand, the idealistic Newton (the excellent Rajkummar Rao) decides to act on his democratic beliefs by volunteering as a polling clerk. On Election Day, he is sent to the conflict-ridden jungle of Chhattisgarh, central India, where communist rebels have been active, to collect the votes of 74 indigenous locals. The fact that no one seems to want to cast a ballot—fear of reprisals, says the head of security—is no skin off the nose of his joke-telling superior, but it has stickler Newton in a tizzy. As evidence of the Sisyphean task at hand mounts—for one thing, the locals have no idea what any of the candidates stand for—Newton persists… Darkly comic and surprisingly tense, Amit V. Masurkar’s dramedy is a carefully drawn character study that simultaneously exposes the contradictions faced by the world’s largest democracy.

"It’s laughs, tension and the interplay between the two that give Newton its momentum… Masurkar grounds Newton’s behaviour in character, not just in ideals… building a portrait of a man rallying to retain his strict sense of self in the face of an uncertain world… The shades of grey that Newton must ultimately confront… are splashed across the screen with subtle power and simmering poignancy."—Sarah Ward, Screen

Jury Award, Hong Kong 17

Canadian premiere
Director Amit V Masurkar
Country of Origin: India
Year: 2017
Running Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Hindi with English subtitles
Related Links: Screen review
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav
Executive Producer: Raghav Gupta
Producer: Manish Mundra
Screenwriter: Mayank Tewari, Amit V. Masurkar
Cinematographer: Swapnil S. Sonawane
Editor: Shweta Venkat Mathew
Production Design: Angelica Monica Bhowmick
Music: Naren Chandravarkar, Benedict Taylor, Varun Grover
Production Company: Drishyam Films
Print Source: Pascale Ramonda

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