Rohena Gera’s “SIR” has received the Audience award at Cabourg Film Festival in France, which is dedicated to romantic films. SIR was recently selected in the Critics week category in Cannes.
This year, Sir was up against many strong films including Cannes “mise en scene” award-winner Cold War (by Pawil Pawilowski), Alex Lutz’ Guy, and Love, Simon by Greg Berlanti starring Jennifer Garner. Speaking about receiving award, Rohena says,“I was very surprised, but absolutely delighted when they announced that the audience had voted for SIR as their favourite film. It’s very important to me that the film connect to people on a human, emotional level, so this really means the world to me. I was at the festival for a Q&A after one of the screenings and it was really beautiful to see how engaged people were, how much they were rooting for this woman to realise her dreams. At the end of the day, wherever you live, everyone has a dream”
Director Rohena Gera is the first woman filmmaker to bag Gan Foundation Award at 71st International Cannes Film Festival for Sir and she is also the only woman to get a significant prize at critics week this year. The film was selected amongst 7 films out of 1100 to be viewed by the committee.
SIR features Tillotama Shome, Vivek Gomber and Geetanjali Kulkarni in lead roles and revolves around Ratna, who works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works determinedly towards her dream. As these two worlds collide and the two individuals connect, the barriers between them seem only more insurmountable.