Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest co-production market, has collaborated with the Cannes Film Market to present seven projects looking for co-producers and financiers on July 9. Co-Production Day will give the selected participants the opportunity to connect and do one-on-one online meetings with co-producers and financiers at Marché du Film.
The seven projects are Dengue by Prantik Basu (India, Netherlands), Rasa (Immerse) by Anjali Menon (India), Kuhiro Pariko Sahar (A Hidden Tale Behind The Mist) by Pasang Dawa Sherpa (Nepal), Moving Bangladesh by Nuhash Humayun (Bangladesh), Last Time On Earth by Paromita Dhar (India, France), Ghol (The Catch) by Rishi Chandna and Second Chance by Subhadra Mahajan (India).
1. Dengue (India, Netherlands | Bengali, Hindi, English)
Director – PrantikBasu
Producers – Prantik Basu, Jan van der Zanden
During a sudden summer rain in Kolkata (India), a young migrant worker named Nepal gives refuge to Sunny, a medical student, by offering him his room to stay. While the narrow suburban roads get flooded and soon become a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry a tropical virus, a feverish romance unfolds between the two men.
2. Rasa (Immerse) (India | Malayalam, Hindi, English, Tamil)
Director – Anjali Menon
Producers – Anjali Menon, NP Prakash
Manju, 34, a Nepali maid in a South Indian household, wears an emotionless face of efficient servitude. But this mask crumbles when she comes across Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance. Lavanya, 14, the school going daughter of Manju’s boss, has to train for a classical dance contest. A reluctant Manju escorts her but unexpectedly the dance surprises her with itsgrace and emotion. Falling desperately in love with the dance form, Manju meticulously supports Lavanya’s dance training and performance; caring and paying attention to every minute detail.
3. KuhiroPariko Sahar (A Hidden Tale behind the Mist) (Nepal | Nepali)
Director – PasangDawa Sherpa
Producers – Prem Prasad Adhikary
A devoted wife, SARKI (21) lives with her stony-hearted husband SANGE (28) and son DORJE (7) in a village surrounded by beautiful mountains. Sarki’s daily routine consists of household chores along with taking care of her paralyzed husband. Her efforts do not pay off and his health is worsening gradually. All of sudden their dog dies in a mysterious way. Sarki believes that it took all her husband’s pain and passed away. When Sange gets recovered but she gets encountered with a different reality.
4. Moving Bangladesh (Bangladesh, France | Bengali)
Director – NuhashHumayun
Producers – BijonImtiaz, Arifur Rahman, Bich-Quan Tran
Sick of being stuck in traffic and in life, a struggling entrepreneur creates a motorbike-based ride-sharing app that may change travel in Bangladesh, forever… if he can overcome his family, relationships- and the government.
5. Last Time On Earth (India, France),
Producers – ParomitaDhar, YohannCornu
Last Time on Earth is the story of Manna and his persistent dream of magical proportions. He is a construction worker who left his village to work in the city. While he toils in the night time metropolis, his dreams literally day time dreams seeping into scattered sleep take him repeatedly to the moon. Manna works in its glow and has recurring dreams of it. They are dreams that metamorphosis into signs, and finally into an idea that he plans to execute with his friend Kazi’s help.
6. Ghol (The Catch) (India | Gujarati, Hindi, English)
Director – Rishi Chandna
Producer – Dina Dattani
An impoverished Muslim fisherman becomes a millionaire overnight after catching a shoal of the rare and prized Ghol fish in the polluted, nearly barren waters off the west coast of India. The newfound wealth offers him a chance to buy a bigger boat and rebuild his life, but a renewed wave of anti-Muslim sentiment threatens his plans and forces him to confront past traumas.
7. Second Chance by Subhadra Mahajan (India)
Director – Subhadra Mahajan
Producers – Shyam Bora, Bhaskar Hazarika
City girl Mia visits her family home in the Himalayas in winter, alone; depressed & detached. The caretaker of the house departs, leaving his old mother-in-law Bimal, in charge. Her days are filled with manual labor & looking after her naughty grandson Sunny. Interaction is unavoidable… The 3 distinct souls find themselves bound together beyond age & class divides. Until the arrival of an unexpected visitor drives Mia straight back into her trauma. Mia debates giving herself a ‘Second Chance’.