By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on October 05, 2015
Titli director Kanu Behl's next Agra has been selected at Asian Project Market alongside Busan International Film Festival. The Asian Project Market is known as a pre-market for promising filmmakers to meet potential co-producers and financiers. The APM falls under the Asia Film Market along with Asian Cinema Fund (AND), that provides a comprehensive and dynamic marketplace to meet film professionals from around the globe. The Asian Project Market will be held from 4th-6th October 2015, alongside the Busan International Film Festival.
Kanu Behl's Agra is an India-France co-production and is a family comedy about a man who is madly in love with a girl and about his battle to break free from his parents and all the chaos happening thereafter. Director Kanu says, It's a great beginning and an exciting opportunity for Agra to be selected at the Asian Project Market. Post Titli, this is going to be the next journey for me - still personal yet exactly the opposite in mood - and I'm looking forward to shooting it. A love story about space, family, relationships and their attached claustrophobia, it will reflect our transitional times. This would be Kanu Behl's second directorial feature, after Titli, which released its theatrical trailer recently. Titli, co-produced by Dibakar Banerjee won eight international awards including the Best Film Award at Seattle South Asian Film Festival, Malatya International, Turkey and SAIFF, New York; is all set to release in India on 30th Oct 2015.
This year's edition of APM has 30 titles from 15 countries out which four are from India. DIFF directors Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin's The Sweet Requiem, has also been selected for APM. The Sweet Requiem is a drama about a young exile Tibetan woman living in New Delhi. When she unexpectedly sees a man she holds responsible for a tragic event she witnessed on a high Himalayan pass, long-suppressed memories of her traumatic escape from Tibet are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for reconciliation and closure.
Nandita Das' version of Saadat Hassan Manto has also been selected for the APM. Manto was a writer whose short stories left a huge imprint on 20th century literature of South Asia. After Pakistani director and actor Sarmad Sultan Khoosat — who will be essaying the role of the writer in the upcoming biopic Mein Manto — Bollywood actress Nandita Das is all set to direct a film based on the Pakistani writer. The film released in Pakistan on September 11. Below is the official trailer
Expressing her views on the writer, Nandita said, Manto was a free spirit, who wrote what he saw, and what he wrote was controversial and far ahead of his time. He penned elaborate essays on sex workers. The film is based on eight years in the life of the writer, Saadat Hasan Manto, (1944-52), which in many ways are his and the Indian subcontinent’s most significant years.
Gitanjali Rao's Bombay Rose is the last name on the list. The Her short films Printed Rainbow, and True Love Story were premiered at Cannes, with the former winning the award for the Best Short film. Bombay Rose is also one among the six projects that were shortlisted for this year's edition of the Film Bazaar Screenwriters' Lab.