The ninth edition of World Cinema Amsterdam will open with the screening of Rohena Gera’s Indian film Sir (2018) on Thursday, 16 August. Today – August 3 – it has been announced that Rohena Gera herself will be present on this festive evening.
What is the film about?
Sir builds on the well-worn narrative “rich boy meets poor girl”, a concept that often results in saccharine romantic stories in Hollywood-produced films. In the hands of debuting director Rohena Gera, it turns into a beautiful, realistic drama that subtly depicts gender roles in India and especially how life in this country is determined by insurmountable class differences. But rigid as the class system may be, Gera shows that actual people sometimes have real feelings that transcend boundaries. Read more.
Meet the jury
Sir is one of the nine films nominated for the € 5,000 World Cinema Jury Award. A three-member jury comprised of Aboozar Amini, Marcel Beltrán and Margarida Moz, from Afghanistan, Cuba and Portugal respectively, will choose the winning film and announce their choice on the festival’s closing night. Read more.
Who else are nominated?
All nine nominated films can be seen in Rialto and De Balie. View the competition programme here.