Reema Sengupta’s ‘Counterfeit Kunkoo’ to be India’s entry in Sundance Film Festival 2018
The first Indian fiction short to go to Sundance film festival in 15 years! The second fiction short from India to have ever been selected in the history of the festival! Only film (feature or short) representing India at Sundance this year!
‘Counterfeit Kunkoo’ is a narrative drama set in Mumbai that speaks about housing discrimination, marital rape and reclaiming one’s sexuality.
Talking about the the announcement the writer-director-editor of the film Reema Sengupta shared:
We are the official selection in the International Narrative Shorts competition. Sundance will be the world premiere of the short film.
We’re absolutely thrilled! This is a huge deal! Sundance is one of the largest and most selective film festivals in the world. This year, out of 9000 short film entries, they chose less than 1% – only 69 shorts. Also, Counterfeit Kunkoo is the first Indian fiction short to be an official selection at Sundance in 15 years. We’re also the second Indian fiction short to get selected to Sundance ever. The pride of representing our country is immense, as is the responsibility.
Counterfeit Kunkoo is a 15 min narrative drama that talks about housing discrimination, marital rape and reclaiming one’s sexuality. It is an intimate perspective on the idiosyncrasies that come with the misogyny that seeps into our everyday lives.
Making this film has been an intensely personal experience, from the inspiration for the film to the way it was executed. A small crew of family and close friends worked tirelessly in very difficult shooting conditions to make this film happen. We have two phenomenal actors in the film – Kani Kusruti, a critically acclaimed film and theatre actress from Kerala, and Vijay Varma – best known for his performances in Pink and Monsoon Shootout.”