Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Country: INDIA
Run Time: 104 minutes


Quirky government clerk Newton Kumar is sent out into the field to handle election duties in the conflict-ridden jungles of India. To say he takes things seriously would be a major understatement. He’s not only extremely smart and bright-eyed, but also hilariously uptight and painfully naive. Newton’s a sucker for the rules and rarely intimidated. Making friends isn’t exactly his strong suit. His determination to carry out a fair election is certainly endearing. But the odds are stacked against him. When he and his goofy crew of election workers show up for duty, they discover their polling station is in an area so dangerous no one believes a single person will come to vote. The most cynical of all are the security forces escorting them, who have become apathetic to the situation. As the day goes on, Newton discovers there are many factors working against the democratic process. Despite the consequences, he’ll fight like hell to make sure every vote is counted. Amit V. Masurkar’s highly entertaining NEWTON gives the dark comedy treatment to a topic that’s incredibly relevant today. (In Hindi and Gondi with subtitles) —E.F.

NEWTON was selected as India’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 11:25 AM

  • This Monday screening is part of the Taste of the Festival. Click here for info.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Pan-Asian Cinema

International Narrative Competition


Amit V. Masurkar

Amit V. Masurkar was born and raised in Mumai, India. He studied engineering at the Manipal Institute of Technology, and at the age of 20 he went on to pursue filmmaking. He later acquired a B.A. in history from Mumbai University.

Sulemani Keeda (2014), NEWTON (2017)

Manish Mundra

Mayank Tewari, Amit V. Masurkar

Swapnil S. Sonawane

Shweta Venkat Mathew

Principal Cast
Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav

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