Newton

Newton

Newton

Absurdist comedy in which a dutiful voting official tries against all odds to conduct a free and fair election deep in the Indian jungle.

"As India prepares for a general election with nine million polling booths and over 800 million voters – the world's largest democracy – the principled clerk Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao) is entrusted to conduct voting in a remote jungle village. He is challenged by extreme Maoist guerrillas determined to stop the election process, security forces who couldn't care less about the outcome either way, and a local populace hardly infected with the spirit of democracy. Newton is thwarted at every turn. In this superb, absurdist comedy, director Amit V Masurkar succeeds in interrogating the difference between the rhetoric and reality of democracy." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the C.I.C.A.E Art Cinema Award (Forum) (Masurkar), 2017 Berlin International Film Festival
2017Rating: M, Violence106 minsIndiaHindi with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

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Understanding Newton as a person, not just a symbol of unyielding principles, makes both the amusing and terse altercations all the more effective, particularly as the story's path and message become increasingly obvious.

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Understanding Newton as a person, not just a symbol of unyielding principles, makes both the amusing and terse altercations all the more effective, particularly as the story's path and message become increasingly obvious.

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