Sthal (A Match)

Director: Jayant Digambar Somalkar
Starring: Nandini Chikte, Taranath Khiratakar, Sangita Sonekar
Run time: 104 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: Marathi with English subtitles | Year: 2023 | Country: India

Jayant Digambar Somalkar’s feature debut chronicles the journey of a young woman striving for an education and a brighter future in a patriarchal society, where arranged marriage is presented as the only option for self-betterment. Sthal is a subtle yet implicitly powerful drama exploring the joys and tribulations of young people’s lives as they try to challenge the status quo. Winner of the NETPAC award at Toronto International Film Festival.

Q&A with director Jayant Digambar Somalkar

The BFI Southbank screening will have a BSL-interpreted Q&As

Director

Jayant Digambar Somalkar

Born in a village in the Vidarbha region of India, Jayant Digambar Somalkar is an engineering graduate, but his creative bent of mind made him veer towards filmmaking. His debut short film, 'Iyatta- Class,' showed at many film festivals and won many awards. He has co-written and co-directed the critically acclaimed Amazon Prime Video Original Series 'Guilty Minds’. ‘Sthal - A Match’ marks the director's debut feature, showcasing his talent for storytelling and commitment to presenting social issues in an authentic and compassionate manner. The film had its World Premiere at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival and received the prestigious NETPAC award for the best Asian film.

Film Screenings

UK Premiere

London | BFI Southbank
June 28, 2024 8:20 pm

Q&A with special guest

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London | Ciné Lumière
June 30, 2024 6:30 pm