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.

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Inspired by true events, the film follows the life of a bereaved mother and an estranged wife trying to desperately find a new identity, love and independence. But she soon realizes that she is not the only scavenger in a city brimming with hunger.

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Director: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Genre: Drama
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

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



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