Poster of Tora's Husband

‘Tora’s Husband’, the latest feature film by national award-winning filmmaker Rima Das is all set to be premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 11.

There will be 10 features from across the globe which will be screened in the Platform programme for 2022. The platform is TIFF’s competitive programme that champions bold directorial visions.

“Thank you so much everyone for your wishes, love and constant support. Many thanks to TIFF for having ‘Tora’s Husband’ in the Platform competition section, elated to be back at the 47th Toronto International Film Festival,” said Rima Das.

The 47th edition of TIFF began on September 8. TIFF, North America’s largest film festival, is also known for its Audience Choice awards, often a tastemaker for the Oscars, Platform was introduced in 2015 as a competitive category with a jury of international film personalities selecting the eventual winner.

The Assamese feature is described by TIFF as a drama about “a loving father strains to keep his small-town business afloat while his relationships deteriorate amidst personal loss and lockdowns during the pandemic”.

“We launched Platform to shine a brighter light on some of the most original films and distinct voices at our festival,” TIFF’s CEO Cameron Bailey said, in a release, adding, “Now in year seven, it’s become a true home for international auteurs on the rise.”

The 10 films in the programme are eligible for the Platform Prize, an award of $20,000 CAD given to the best film in the programme, selected by an in-person international jury. This year’s Platform Prize jury will be announced later this summer.

Tora's Husband Rima Das
Stills from Tora’s Husband | Flying River Films

Talking further on her film – ‘Tora’s Husband’ she said: “This film is very special to me, I lost my father during the early days of shooting the film. I dedicate this film to my father and all those who have lost their loved ones during the pandemic.”

“In the midst of loss, lockdowns and life, we shot the film for over 2 years in real locations and natural conditions. So we have multiple stories of common people. It was difficult to shoot in these testing times but the team stuck together and we sailed through. And I am happy that our labour of love will soon be premiering. Please keep showering your love and blessings on us!” Rima Das wrote on social media.

Rima Das’s second full-length feature, ‘Village Rockstars’, made its world premiere at TIFF in 2017, catapulting the film to international accolades. It was India’s official selection in the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars, and won the National Award for Best Film.

Her next feature, ‘Bulbul Can Sing’, also made its global debut at TIFF, the very next year. This will be the third time a film from her will get its first world screening at TIFF.

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