Kanu Behl’s Titli is the first Indian film to win Best First Foreign Film Prize by The French Syndicate of Cinema Critics
Titli directed by debutant Kanu Behl and co-produced by YRF and DBP has won the Best First Foreign Film Prize by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. This is the first time an Indian film has won this award.
The films was honoured with the award on February 1, 2016.
Titli stars newcomers, Shashank Arora and Shivani Raghuvanshi, Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and Lalit Behl and is a tale of a dysfunctional family and a young boy’s struggle to escape his oppressive family. ‘Titli- har family, family nahi hoti’ released across India on October 30th 2015.
The elated Kanu Behl says, “Its a huge honour. The French Critics Syndicate has a long and ongoing relationship with recognising cinema that looks to push boundaries. To be in the company of other eminent films of the year, is heartening as a filmmaker. This belongs to the whole team of Titli, and we hope to continue the good work!“.
The FSCC awards 4 prestigious prizes each year including Best French Film, Best International Film, Best First Film and Best Short Film.
It also organises the International Critics Week, which is the oldest parallel competitive section of the Cannes Film Festival. It showcases first and second feature films by directors from all over the world and has showcased directors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Leos Carax, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard, Gaspar Noe and Alejandro Gonzalex Innaritu.’
PFA below the relevant wiki links for the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics and the International Critics Week, organised by them in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival.
In the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His schemes are thwarted by his oppressive family, who marry him off against his will. But Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, Neelu, who nurtures her own frustrated dreams. They form a strange, mutually exploitative pact to break the stranglehold of their family roots. But is escape the same as freedom?