Rohena Gera has become the first woman filmmaker to bag the Gan Foundation Award at the 71st International Cannes Film Festival for her film titled Sir. She is also the only woman to get a significant prize at the Cannes Critics’ Week this year. The film was selected among seven films out of 1,100 films viewed by the committee.
Set in Mumbai, Sir tells the story of a master and a servant who fall in love. The film bears strong themes of class divide and women’s independence. It stars Tillotama Shome, Rahul Vohra, Geetanjali Kulkarni and Vivek Gomber. Sir is Gera’s debut feature film. She has also written the film.
The Gan Foundation for Cinema is an award to help distribute a first or second feature film in France in the hope of promoting new filmmakers. Gan Foundation awards rewards ambitious and original feature films, both fiction and animation.