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Seven South Asian films look for a break at 74th Cannes Film Festival

Six under-production documentaries and an all-set-to-roll fiction function from South Asia are searching for manufacturing and distribution breakthroughs in pitching and mentoring classes coinciding with the 74th Cannes Movie Pageant.

Eka (Solo), the debut function of Kolkata-born, Mumbai-based Suman Sen, is in La Fabrique Cinema, an Institut Francais-sponsored mentoring programme for younger administrators.

“We are actually only one draft away from the taking pictures. The pandemic state of affairs allowing, we’ll begin filming in mid-2022,” says Sen, who has been within the promoting business for 15 years. “The movie displays the time I’ve lived in for the final couple of years: a time of hatred, intolerance and violence,” says Sen.

Eka hinges on a grand statue of the ‘widespread man’ about to be formally unveiled in Kolkata. A diabetic insurance coverage agent, a person on the verge of superannuation, seethes on the financial, political and tradition failures of the town.

To register his protest, he stands immobile in entrance of the mammoth statue. His act of defiance sparks a worldwide motion. “I’ve a love-hate relationship with Kolkata. I wished to distance myself from the town I grew up in and consider it objectively. The transfer to Mumbai has given me a brand new reflective lens to view Kolkata,” says Sen, who moved to India’s monetary capital 5 years in the past.

Eka, an Indo-Bangladeshi-French enterprise backed by Arifur Rahman of Goopy Bagha Productions, is one among 10 tasks in La Fabrique Cinema.

One other South Asian La Fabrique choice is a number of award-winning Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani’s documentary Kabul Melody, about two teenage ladies who face household opposition and Taliban threats as they pursue their ardour for music.

In her assertion of intent, Mani, who made the extensively applauded A Thousand Women Like Me (2018), says, “Being a filmmaker in Afghanistan means being a social activist. Despite all of it, with ‘Kabul Melody’ I need to present hope and the emergence of free will among the many girls who will create Afghanistan’s future.”

A quartet of South Asian documentaries – one every from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal – is vying for the docs-in-progress awards of Cannes Docs 2021. These tasks, all in a complicated stage of manufacturing, are offered by the Worldwide Movie Initiative of Bangladesh.

Among the many 4 is 13 Locations of a Traveller, a movie by Kolkata-based Partha Das.

A nonetheless from 13 Locations of a Traveller.

It intertwines two journeys: one by hundreds of Sufi pilgrims who march throughout miles and over days to proclaim their love for humanity, the opposite by a disabled, marginalised Muslim man battling bodily obstacles and social prejudice looking for happiness.

13 Locations of a Traveller, Das’ first documentary function, is collectively produced by Bangladesh’s Mokhalesur Rahman Talukdar and India’s Soumya Mukhopadhyay.

The opposite three South Asian movies in Cannes Docs 2021 are Hezbullah Sultani’s Birds Avenue, a couple of slim lane in Kabul lined with outlets promoting birds; Tahrima Khan’s Munni, which showcases the work of a former sufferer of kid marriage who launches an all-girls sports activities academy in Bangladesh; and Subina Shrestha’s Devi, the story of a former Nepalese guerrilla fighter and war-time rape survivor who now fights for her countrywomen.

No Winter Holidays A nonetheless from No Winter Holidays.

One other Nepalese documentary, Rajan Kathet and Sunir Pandey’s No Winter Holidays, is one among 5 tasks in HAF Goes to Cannes. The Hong Kong Asian Movie Financing Discussion board (HAF) is an initiative that helps a brand new technology of filmmakers acquire entry to funding, co-production offers and advertising help on a worldwide scale.

The logline of No Winter Holidays, a Nepal-South Korean co-production, reads: “As soon as married to the identical man, two girls of their 70s should overlook the previous and work collectively to take care of an empty snow-bound village via the winter.”

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