- This is the first collaboration between Cannes and the National Film Development Corporation Film Bazaar
For the first time, five work-in-progress Indian films will be pitched to programmers, distributors and sales representatives, at the Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market), to be held later this month, as part of the Cannes International Film Festival. The films will be presented on June 22 and 23, at the ‘Goes to Cannes’ program, by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market.
The debut features at the festival’s biggest international film market include:
“Dostojee” (Two Friends) by Prasun Chatterjee (Bengali), about the innocent friendship between two village boys and their ultimate separation. The film is set in the 1990s, with strong political, social and religious undercurrent running through it.
“Fire in the Mountains” by Ajitpal Singh (Hindi), revolves around a progressive woman and an orthodox man and is set in the hills of Uttarakhand. The film is said to be inspired by an incident in Singh’s own family, when an educated and well-read cousin of his died because of lack of hospitalization, because her husband thought she was possessed by a ghost.
“Pedro” by Natesh Hegde (Kannada), about a village electrician of the same name, who was shot in his own home town, Sirsi, in the Western Ghats. The entire cast of the film is drawn locally, and includes Hegde’s father playing one of the roles.
“Shankar’s Fairies” by Irfana Majumdar (Hindi), about Majumdar’s mother’s relationship with her family servant Shankar.
“Uljhan” (The Knot) by Ashish Pant (Hindi), about an accident and the rift it creates between a couple. It’s about how the differing approaches of two individuals to the same incident can trigger fissures, and how and why they react the way they do.
The five Indian films will be part of the 20 curated projects from four festivals/ markets across the globe. The other three festivals include the traditional ‘Goes to Cannes’ partners — Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Poland’s New Horizons International Film Festival, and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Also part of the ‘Goes to Cannes’ section is HAF’s “The Borderlands,” directed by Samarth Maharani. The documentary offers an in-depth look into how everyday lives intertwine with borders in the Indian subcontinent.
On June 3, the festival unveiled its lineup for Cannes 2020, a selection of films that will carry the Cannes brand to the screen at other events around the world. The 73rd edition of the festival, which was to be held from May 12 to 23, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The program includes many anticipated films, like Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch”; Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers”; François Ozon’s “Summer of ’85″; and Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round.” There’s also four animated films in the lineup: “Soul” by Pixar, directed by Pete Docter; “Aya and the Witch” (Japan) by Goro Miyazaki; Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s “Flee” (Denmark); and “Josep” (France), by first-time director Aurélien Froment (a.k.a. Aurel).