Aditya Vikram Sengupta's debut film Labour of Love, premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2014, Giornate Degli Autori, where it won the FEDEORA for Best Debut Film. The film was also feted with 2 Indian National Film Awards in 2015 including the prestigious Golden Lotus for Best Debut Film. His second feature Jonaki was officially selected to have its World Premiere at the prestigious International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2018. It went on to receive the Silver Gateway Award and the Best Film on Gender Equality at MAMI. Aditya's next film Aquarium was the first-ever Bengali language feature to be a part of Cannes Cinéfondation's L'Atelier at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It was a part of the NFDC's co-production market at the Film Bazaar in 2015 as well. The film has also received funding from France's distinguished CNC (Cinéma du Monde) and Sørfond from Norway.
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Gökhan Tiryaki Gökhan Tiryaki was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1972. He worked for national TV station (TRT) and joined the production of several TV films and documentaries as a cameraman between 1991 and 1996. Since 1996, he has been working as a cinematographer. He has shot films like Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Winter Sleep and Wild Pear Tree for acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
After her daughter's death, Ela not only loses her identity as a mother, but also the only reason to be with her husband Shishir. When she is refused a home loan by the bank, her boss Pradipto, owner of a massive Ponzi scheme, makes her an offer which is difficult to accept. Ela reconnects with her stepbrother Bubu to reclaim her half of an old theatre. Bubu refuses because he blames Ela's mother, a cabaret dancer, for having an affair with their father and driving his own mother to commit suicide. In between all this, Ela’s childhood sweetheart Bhaskar suddenly resurfaces and gives her the warmth she needs. Still unmarried, he gives Ela hope for a new beginning. Desperate, she accepts her boss’ offer. With memories of a disturbed childhood and a mother who can no longer comfort her, Ela tries to reclaim her life in a city brimming with hunger.