“Killa” marathi film bags Crystal Bear at Berlin

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Marathi film Killa, directed by 28 year old cinematographer, director Avinash Arun has bagged the prestigious Crystal Bear for best children film in the Generation KPlus category. The festival concluded last Sunday.

“It was my directorial debut. My team and I put in hard work. We never thought it would win such a prestigious award. I had thought of the idea when I was studying at the Film and Television Institute of India. Luckily, I got a producer for the film last year. The award is a boost to my confidence,” said 28-year-old Arun from Solapur. He studied cinematography at FTII and graduated in 2011.

The film portrays the struggle of ten year old boy Chinnu when his mother decides to relocate to countryside after his father’s untimely demise. The jury said, while awarding the film, “This film convinced us in all respects: with good camera work and great actors, and also because of its incredibly beautiful nature images which blend perfectly with the music. This film made us all want to discover India.”

The film script was developed and co produced by NFDC Film Bazaar’s Work-In Progress lab last year.

Imtiaz Ali’s Highway too featured in a different category of the festival.

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