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'Runanubandha - The HE without HIM' bags its first international award

by Gehna Kapany


Another feather in the cap for Amartya Bhattacharya as his film ‘Runanubandha’ wins an international award at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Canada. 


The film festival is held in Mississauga, Ontario and features the most notable of new South Asian and select Middle Eastern film titles, carefully curated for their cinematic excellence and social consciousness. Its seventh edition was held this year from first to fourth August and after a fierce competition, the best of the best were selected, ‘Runanubandhu’ being one of them.  

Bhattacharya, who won the Silver Lotus (Rajat Kamal) for the Best Cinematography in non-feature film at the 63rd National Film Awards for his fantasy documentary 'Benaras-the unexplored attachments’, explores the enigmatic journey of a daughter in pursuit of her father in his latest feature (his first in his mother tongue). 

While congratulating the team he said, “This award is very important to us because most people did not understand the film's editing pattern. As a result, they thought some portions could have been cut off, or trimmed down. But this film was treated deliberately with a non-coherent editing form, where shots have switched from narratives to metaphors, from metaphors to alter-narratives, and so on. As an editor, it's easy to stick to a story and follow a particular pace. But to play with time and multiple spaces, it is never easy. Glad that 'Runanubandha - The HE without HIM's editing gets the recognition.”

‘Runanubandha’ was the only Bengali feature film to compete for the jury and audience awards at the 7th Festival des Cinemas Indiens de Toulouse and was also featured as one of the three Indian films in the international competition section at the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival last November.