MUMBAI: Directed by Indian filmmaker Rajnesh Domalpalli, Vanaja â€“one of this year’s best reviewed foreign language films has picked up two major Independent Spirit Award nominations, the ceremony of which will take place on 23 February, 2008, one day before the Academy Awards.
Vanaja, an Emerging Pictures theatrical release, has been nominated for Best First Feature (along with entries as Julie Delpy’s Two Days In Paris and Scott Frank’s The Lookout) and Best Cinematography (where director of photography Milton Kam faces competition from Rodrigo Prieto of Lust, Caution and Janusz Kaminski of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly).
An official selection in 93 film festivals in at least 41 countries and a winner of 20 international film awards, Vanaja is set in rural
Winner of the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, Vanaja has been hailed by major film critics across the country. The New York Times praised it as “an absolutely timeless film” while highly-regarded film critic Roger Ebert gave it four stars, saying “Vanaja is a beautiful and very special film.”
The film has played in all major
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