FILMS IN COMPETITION : BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Best Narrative Feature
The highest award at KASHISH is given to the best narrative feature. This category includes Indian and International narrative features completed after January 1, 2016 and having their Mumbai Premiere at KASHISH 2017. It carries a trophy, a gift hamper and cash award of Rs 30,000 sponsored by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares.
80mins / 2016 / Armenia / Armenian with EST
Director: Pouria Heidary Oureh
Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who immigrated to the US in childhood, returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to the Armenian girlfriend whom Aram met and lived within the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one day trip, but harder obstacles lay ahead.
Audience Award for Best Feature at Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam
Best of fest award at 5th Speechless Film Festival, Minnesota, USA
85 min / 2016 / USA / English
Director Deb Shoval
Lola Kirke shines as Joey, an aimless young woman searching for a direction in her small town of rural Pennsylvania. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide her a path but when she meets and falls in love with Rayna, a rough and tumble housewife neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, that path diverges in ways that neither woman anticipated. As Joey falls deeper in love, she begins to lose sight of what’s most important to her, while also becoming blind to the mistakes she is making.
Jury Award at Kansas City LGBT film festival
Best First Time Director at qFLIX Philadelphia
Best Women’s Feature Jury Award at North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature Jury Award and Best Narrative Feature Audience Award at Indie Memphis
GLORY AND GRACE
94mins /2016 /Brazil / Portuguese with EST
Director: Flávio Ramos Tambellini
Graça is diagnosed with a brain aneurism that may rupture at any moment. Desperate about who will take care of her two children in the event of her death, she decides to go after her brother, Luiz Carlos, whom she hasn’t seen in over 15 years due to a quarrel. When they meet, however, Luiz Carlos has become Gloria, a beautiful and successful transvestite, who now owns a restaurant and brags about being independent. At first, Gloria is unwilling to reconnect with her family; but as she becomes more guilt-stricken, she accepts Graça’s invitation to meet her nephews and eventually realizes that maybe, to be complete, she needs to become a mother.
PLAY THE DEVIL
92mins / 2016 / Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, USA / English
Director: Maria Govan
Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a theater play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately. Confused, Greg must at once deal with the return of his drug addicted father, and navigate through the early days of adulthood. As Carnival Monday approaches and the locals prepare for the annual male initiation parade, Greg must confront James – an act which will culminate in life changing events for him.
Jury Award for Best Feature Film at qFLIX Philadelphia
Youth Jury Award for Best Film and Best Trinidad + Tobago Feature Film (ex aequo) at Trinidad + Tobago FF
Best Female Feature Director at Woodstock Film Festival