Once Upon A Time In Calcutta


"Indian cineaste Aditya Vikram Sengupta delivers a slow-burning
and delicate ensemble drama about the corrupted state of his hometown."



Inspired by true events, the film follows different people‘s paths through the city of Calcutta and portraits their life as torn between family, love, poverty and hope for a better future.

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Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Genre: Drama - Life in the City, Empowerment, Love, Family, Relationships, Class Struggle, Shady Businesses
Original title: Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
English title: Once Upon A Time In Calcutta
Country of production: India, France, Norway
Year of production: 2021
Length: 133
Color: color
Shooting format: Digital
Screening format: DCP
Original language: Bengali

Subtitles: English
Cast: Sreelekha Mitra, Shayak Roy, Bratya Basu, Arindam Ghosh, Satrajit Sarkar, Anirban Chakrabarti
Director of photography: Gökhan Tiryaki
Production designer: Jonaki Bhattacharya
Sound design: Hindole Chakraborty & Bruno Tarriere
Sound mixing: Hindole Chakraborty & Bruno Tarriere
Music: Minco Eggersman
Producers: Anshulika Dubey, Priyanka Agarwal, Shashwat Singh
Co-producers: Catherine Dussart, Ingrid Lill Høgtun, Linda Bolstad Strønen, Marie Fuglestein Lægreid
Production company: For Films
Co-production company: Wishberry Films, Catherine Dussart Productions, DUOFilm AS

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Festivals / Awards

Venice IFF - Orizzonti competition
El Gouna FF, Egypt - Feature Narrative Competition - Special Mention
New Zealand FF, New Zealand
Belfast IFF, UK
Five Flavours Asian FF, Poland
Festival des 3 Continents, France
OUTIC FF, Norway
Luxembourg City FF, Luxembourg
MOOOV, Belgium
New Directors / New Films, USA 
Film Fest DC, USA - Circle Award
Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), USA - Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature
New York Indian FF, USA
DC South Asian Film Festival Summerfest, USA - Best Director Feature Film Aditya Vikram Sengupta and Best Story Feature Film 
London Indian Filmfest, UK
Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan
DC South Asian Film Festival Summerfest, USA
International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto, Canada
Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia
Vancouver IFF, Canada
Silk Road IFF, China


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