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A DEATH IN THE GUNJ

Konkona Sen Sharma
India | 2017 | 104 min | English, Bengali | Director Attending

A DEATH IN THE GUNJ
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SYNOPSIS

Set in 1979, this ensemble drama was inspired by real events from director Konkona Sen Sharma’s own history. An extended family gathers to celebrate New Year at a remote rural homestead near the old Anglo-Indian town of McCluskiegunj, in Jharkhand. The misfit of the gathering is Shutu—a sensitive young man consumed by problems at home and at university. Withdrawn and easily spooked, he is singled out for gentle mockery by the entire family, especially bullish playboy Vikram, whilst the sexually liberated Mimi targets him for seduction. Lightly spiced with family arguments and marital tensions, A Death in the Gunj features a missing child, an unexpected cameo by a CGI wolf, a frisson of sexual jealousy and a mounting undercurrent of despair that finally erupts into violence—whilst the retro setting allows for some fun with vintage clothes and facial hair…

DIRECTOR

  • Konkona Sen Sharma

    Konkona Sen Sharma

    Writer, actor and director Konkona Sen sharma was born in 1979 and has a degree in English from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. At the age of four, she made her acting debut in the Bengali drama Indira (1983), and has since appeared in more than 40 films, including Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002), Life in a… Metro (2007) and Lipstick Under My Burkha (2017). Contemplating her debut as a feature director, she says, “It’s hard to make any kind of film. But in a small film you have to be really well-planned and organised because you have little resources. You can’t do pre-production for months. Even when I’m writing I account for this—but only in very broad strokes. I do remember thinking while writing that, ‘Thank God the entire film will be made in one house!’”

FILM FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Mumbai Film Festival, MAMI 2016: 'MasterCard Best India Female Filmmaker 2016 Award'
New York Indian Film Festival, NYIFF 2017: ‘Best Director’
Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival, MISAFF 2017: ‘Best Fiction Feature’