The film Soni tells an important story about the rising sexual harassment of women and the challenges of being a female cop in India
Soni, a young and fiery policewoman in Delhi, and Kalpana, her superintendent, are dealing with a growing crisis of violent crimes against women. Their mission and alliance are further strained by complications arising in Soni’s personal and professional life—this bold, progressive screen story is making India proud.
Filmmaker Ivan Ayr’s debut feature, Soni, will make its World Premiere at the prestigious 75th Venice International Film Festival in Orizzonti Competition. It is the only Indian feature to be officially selected at the festival, which will be held from 29th August to 8th September 2018.
Soni was a part of the ‘Work In Progress’ section at the NFDC Film Bazaar 2017 where it had won two awards, the Facebook Award for Best ‘Work-In-Progress’ Project and Prasad DI Award for the Best Film in the ‘Film Bazaar Recommends’ section.
The film stars newcomers Geetika Vidya Ohlyan and Saloni Batra in the lead roles. It is produced by Kimsi Singh and Kartikeya Narayan Singh whose previous credits include director Gurvinder Singh’s Anhey Ghorey Da Daan (Alms For A Blind Horse) and Chauthi Koot (The Fourth Direction) which premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2012 and the prestigious Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2015 respectively.
“I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to have received this invitation. It is truly a fulfilling culmination to a long journey, being offered this prestigious platform,” says Ayr whose short film, Quest For A Different Outcome, won Best Film award at the 2015 San Jose Short Film Festival. Producer Kartikeya Singh adds, “I am extremely confident that the film will be appreciated both internationally and in India, given the relevant social theme it engages with.”
Soni was among the 5 films to be selected for the ‘Work in Progress’ Lab at NFDC Film Bazaar 2017 for post-production support where it was mentored by the renowned French editor Jacques Comets (Wajib - Locarno 2017 Don Quixote Award Winner) and veteran Festival Director Marco Mueller (Venice Film Festival and International Film Festival of Rome).
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Last Updated Jul 26, 2018, 1:15 PM IST