Aparna Sen's The Japanese Wife (2010) Wins Best Film at Hidden Gems Film Festival

Germantown, Maryland, Nov 5, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  The Japanese Wife, directed by Aparna Sen and distributed in North America by Databazaar Media Ventures has won the best film award at the recently concluded Hidden Gems Film Festival in Calgary, Canada.

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The film was awarded the stunning 60,000 year old Amolite Trophy which is the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta.

The Japanese Wife (2010) Theatrical Trailer

“We knew that the film (The Japanese Wife ) would do well at the festival, but it was beyond our comprehension that 92% would vote in favor of this film," stated Oney Seal, Chairman Databazaar Media Ventures.

In The Japanese Wife, Snehmoy (Rahul Bose) and Miyage (Chigusa Takaku) are pen friends who exchange wedding vows through letters. Fifteen years pass but they never meet. Yet the bond of marriage is strong between them. This unusual relationship comes under a cloud when a young widow, Sandhya (Raima Sen), comes to stay with Snehmoy along with her eight-year-old son Poltu. Snehmoy and the little boy bond and the arithmetic teacher discovers the joy of palpable bonds and fatherhood. There develops an inexplicable thread of understanding with Sandhya too. But Snehmoy remained loyal to his unseen Japanese wife. When Miyage was ill from cancer, he took a long leave from his school and tried his best to find a cure for the illness. Meanwhile, malaria took a toll on him and he passed away. Coming of Miyage in a white sari to Sunderbans after his departure was really touching.

The Hidden Gems Festival normally has a distinguished jury which selects the movie. This year the audience was asked to vote.

Festival Director Niru Bhatia hailed the film as a "love poem on celluloid." “Taj Mahal is known as the love poem in marbles, if you want to see a love poem on celluloid, see Aparna Sen's The Japanese wife.” She added.

“We are very proud to be a part of The Japanese Wife and it is and will always remain as one of Saregama finest films. Aparna Sen is one of India’s most talented Director and most deserving of the Amolite Trophy” said Apurv Nagpal of Sa Re Ga Ma Films, producers of this film.

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