Third feature by Tora’s husband, Rima Das, to premiere in a row at TIFF

Rima Das attends the Tora’s Husband premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival Photo: Loudspeaker Media via Andrew Chin/Getty Images

The world premiere of twice nationally awarded director Rima Das’ fourth Assamese feature film, Tora’s husbandreceived a heartwarming response during the 47e Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Tora’s husband is Rima Das’ third feature film to premiere in a row at TIFF and the first Indian film to be selected in the Platform section. Named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreaking film Platform, this section aims to highlight some of TIFF’s most original films and distinct voices. The festival runs from September 8 to 18.

After its world premiere at TIFF, Tora’s husband will travel to the 27th Busan International Film Festival where it will premiere in Asia in the “Window on Asian Cinema” section in October.

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The film, starring Abhijit Das and Tarali Kalita Das in the lead roles, is the story of a loving father and kind neighbor, who struggles to keep his small-town business afloat as his relationship sours. , amid loss and lockdown. Like everywhere in the world, it is struggling with uncertainty and turmoil. With a different view of the world from those around him, he strives to be a better version of himself and expects the same from those around him. He sometimes becomes aggressive and sometimes reasons with love and patience. But his expectations are constantly disappointed. Shot during lockdown, the film depicts life in a small town during the pandemic.

The writer-director-producer made the film independently with a small crew. Speaking about the audience response, Rima says, “Tora’s husband was my most difficult film. It’s also different from my other films, which are also longer. Filming during the pandemic took an emotional toll on the cast and crew. Even at the editing table, I struggled because the film reflected the same restless state of mind. Agnès Varda once said: “I am fighting a fight, which is to bring cinema to life and not just to make another film. This thought motivated me to keep going, to take risks and to be true to myself. I am grateful that TIFF selected this film. It means a lot to all of us, who have worked very hard to make this movie a reality.

Rima added, “After two years, I am in person at a film festival. And it gives me immense joy to see such a large and diverse audience, distinguished artists, journalists, buyers and sellers come together to celebrate cinema. It’s a big event with the same community feeling as watching a sport or a concert. How much I missed the echo of laughter, silent tears and goosebumps!

Excited about the Asian premiere in Busan, she said, “I am honored and excited to be back at the Busan International Film Festival for the Asian premiere. I want to thank my wonderful team for coming through uncertain times and making Tora’s husband occur.”

Ravi Srinivasan, Senior Manager, TIFF Festival Programming; South and Southeast Asia Canada says, “With particular attention to the unique pressure faced by small business owners, Das’ expertise extends beyond the middle class, capturing the crisis with impressive reach and documentary-like attention, highlighting the societal fragilities that have preceded and will follow the effects of the pandemic itself. With remarkable authenticity, Das illuminates both the dignity and vulnerability of ordinary people in one of the defining films of our historic moment.

Rima is known for creating indigenous, realistic stories that explore complicated relationships, find purpose, come to maturity, and live in nature. His previous films, Village Rockstars and bulbul can singalso premiered at TIFF, and have screened at over 120 prestigious film festivals around the world, winning over 70 awards! Village Rockstars was also India’s official entry to the 2019 Oscars. Rima has donned several hats as writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor for her projects.

GQ India The magazine named Rima Das as one of the most influential young Indians of 2018. She is also one of the brand ambassadors of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Share Her Journey” campaign which champions the cause of gender equality in cinema. She has served as a jury member of the Generation 14plus Berlin International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth.

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