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Indian comedy drama ‘Newton’ screened at AFI FEST in LA

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Newton was screened earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival and also bagged Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Festival.

Newton. Credit: AFI FEST website.

Newton, an Indian black comedy drama film, was screened at the 31st American Film Institute (AFI) FEST in Los Angeles. Newton was screened as India’s official entry for the best foreign language film category at the Academy Awards 2018.

Amit Masurkar, the director of the critically acclaimed film,  said, “It’s a great honor to screen our film at the AFI FEST. What’s great about this festival is that it is absolutely free for the audience.”

The black comedy drama was written and directed by Amit Masurkar and features Rajkummar Rao, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav. The stars who have featured in the film were also chosen for the World Cinema section of the festival.

In September, Newton was released in India on 350 screens and it grossed Rs.11.75 crore ($ about 1.8 million) in its first week run in India. The film was screened earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. It has also bagged the Jury Prize for Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Festival 2017.

The film is the story of Newton Kumar, a government employee who is sent on election duty to a Naxal-controlled town in the jungles of Chhatisgarh, India. It was not shot in Chhatisgarh.