Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest co-production market, has teamed up with the Cannes Film Market to present seven projects on July 9 looking for co-producers and financiers.
Film Bazaar, an annual event that takes place in Goa, India, is organized by the country’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The selected projects are those that attracted the most encounters during the January online edition of the Bazaar.
Among the projects is “Dengue” by Prantik Basu (India, Netherlands), produced by Basu and Jan van der Zanden, where a feverish romance plays out between two men as a tropical virus develops. Basu’s “Bela” performed in Rotterdam and Visions du Réel, Nyon International Documentary Film Festival.
“Rasa” (Immerse) by Anjali Menon (India), produced by Menon and NP Prakash is a dance-based film. Menon is one of the most successful Indian filmmakers, whose credits include “Bangalore Days” and “Koode”.
“Kuhiro Pariko Sahar” (A Hidden Tale Behind The Mist) by Pasang Dawa Sherpa (Nepal), produced by Prem Prasad Adhikary, explores health issues. The project was one of the winners of the Online Film Bazaar in January.
“Moving Bangladesh” by Nuhash Humayun (Bangladesh), produced by Bijon Imtiaz, Arifur Rahman and Tran Bich-Quan, will see a struggling entrepreneur create a carpool app that could be life changing in Bangladesh. Humayun performed one of the segments of the acclaimed anthology “Sincerely Yours, Dhaka,” Bangladesh’s entry to this year’s Oscars.
“Last Time On Earth” by Paromita Dhar (India, France), produced by Dhar and Yohann Cornu, will follow a migrant worker and his lingering magical dreams.
Rishi Chandna’s “Ghol” (The Catch), produced by Dina Dattani, juxtaposes the troubled and violent history of the Indian subcontinent with the present while telling the tale of an impoverished trawler fisherman. Besides the bazaar, the project also participated in the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum and the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market and Sundance Screenwriters Lab earlier this year.
“Second Chance” by Subhadra Mahajan (India), produced by Shyam Bora and Bhaskar Hazarika, sees three disparate souls thrown together in the foothills of the Himalayas. Mahajan’s credits as an assistant director include Tribeca Spotlight 2021’s opening “The Last Film Show,” while Hazarika and Bora’s “Aamis” played Tribeca in 2019.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Film, Stage and Cultural Development Corporation has selected two films to be presented at the Cannes Film Market – the Busan 2020 selection of Ananth Narayan Mahadevan “Bittersweet”, which examines the plight of cane workers. sugar; and Nipun Dharmadhikari’s musical biopic “Mee Vasantrao”.
The state of Maharashtra in western India is home to Bollywood and the Marathi film industry.