The Manliest Man

A Film by Anuj Gulati

Synopsis

The potter of a secluded village comes under pressure when he fathers another daughter instead of a son. The community Chief then calls for a “manlier man” to replace the potter and give the family a son – only to drag himself into an impossible spot.

Director

  • Picture of Anuj Gulati © Anuj Gulati

    Anuj Gulati

    Anuj holds a Masters in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. He has written and directed six short films, and has also worked as director for commercials. Anuj’s films have received recognition from the Singapore National Library Board and the British Council Singapore. His short film “Manila Running” won Best Film at the NYU First Run Film Festival, after having premiered at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012. “The Manliest Man” also made its premiere at the 2016
    Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. It received a Jury Special Mention at the 2016 Indian Film Festival of Los Angles 2016, and the Carl Lerner Award for Social Significance at the 2016 NYU First Run Film Festival. He is currently based in India, where he continues to juggle time between writing and directing for projects that tell stories, convey a message and challenge conventions at the same time.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th CLERMONT FERRAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Clermont Ferrand, France)February 5, 2016
  • 14th INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)April 6, 2016
  • 11th VIBGYOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kerala, India)April 6, 2016
  • 18th ISMAILIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES (Official Selection, Giza, Egypt)April 20, 2016
  • NYU First Run Film Festival 2016 (Official Selection, New York, USA)June 6, 2016
  • 13th INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL STUTTGART (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)June 20, 2016
  • 22th PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FEST 2016 (Official Selection, Palm Springs, USA)June 21, 2016
  • 9th LVIV INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ-ART (Official Selection, Lviv, Ukraine)August 4, 2016
  • 4th INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 18, 2016
  • ALPAVIRAMA - ASIAN SHORT & DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Ahmedabad, India)October 4, 2016
  • 15th INT’L STUDENT AND VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, China)October 16, 2016
  • 15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 14th KALPANIRJHAR INT’L SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)November 1, 2016
  • 3rd LONGUE VUE SUR LE COURT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montréal, Canada)November 24, 2016
  • 5th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 10, 2016
  • 13th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (non-competitive section "Perspective", Istanbul, Turkey)March 13, 2017
  • *2nd AWARD*
    9th SHORT WAVE FESTIVAL (International Competition, Poznan, Poland)March 21, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 12th HOBOKEN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood Lake, NY, USA)May 19, 2017
  • *GRAND JURY PRIZE*
    4th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)June 14, 2017
  • *BEST FILM*
    WILDSOUND FEEDBACK FILM AND SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)June 28, 2017
  • LOS ANGELES FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)March 1, 2018

Crew

Screenplay
Anuj Gulati
Director
Anuj Gulati
Producer
Anuj Gulati, Nizam Patel
Director of Photography
Balaji Manohar
Art Direction
Waseem Ali
Costume Design
Seema More
Sound
Dinesh Vishwkarma
Editor
Anuj Gulati
Sound Design
Dhiman Karmakar
Music
Gaya Prasad Prajapati, Narottam Bain, Indian Ocean, Akshay Varma

Details

Running Time
23 mins
Shooting Format
2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2.35
Sound
Dolby 5.1