Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


The Disciple (2020) selected for the Official Competition of LEFFEST’20

The Disciple (2020), Indian filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane’s second feature-film, will feature in the Official Selection – In Competition of LEFFEST’20. The film joins the other 10 features selected to compete at LEFFEST’s 14th edition, as announced during the press conference. With 11 films, LEFFEST’s official competition is thus complete with a diverse selection of oeuvres from distinct origins (Lithuania, France, Belgium, United States of America, Russia, Germany, China and India).

A melodious and poetic reflection about the confrontation between tradition and modernity, The Disciple tells the story of Sharad, a boy who wants to follow his father's footsteps and dedicate himself to the century-old traditions of Indian classical music. However, living in the midst of a rapidly-changing Mumbai, he soon finds himself facing a dream unfit for the reality unfolding in front of him.

Born in 1987 in Mumbai, Chaitanya Tamhane is one of the most promising young Indian directors. His first feature Court (2014), a protest film that denounces the Indian legal system through the story of an ageing protest singer, saw its premiere taking place at the Venice Film Festival, where it also won the award for Best Film in the Horizons category. With his second feature, The Disciple, Tamhane received the Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize in Venice, as well as the Amplify Voices Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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