The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting organises the India Pavilion every year to represent Indian cinema at Cannes. However, the Maharashtra government, in order to promote Marathi cinema internationally has been setting up its own stall at Cannes since 2016. This initiative is aimed at giving Marathi filmmakers an exposure in the global market.
This year the Marathi films that will showcased at the booth include veteran producer Dr. Mohan Agashe and filmmaker Sumitra Bhave’s Dithee, Milind Lele’s Bandishala and Omkar Shetty directorial debut Aaron. All the three films will have industry screenings and two members from each film will be present at the event to promote and support the films.
Dithee has an impressive cast, which includes Kishore Kadam, Dr Mohan Agashe, Uttara Baokar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Girish Kulkarni and Amruta Subhash. Bhave won the best director award for this film at the Pune International Film Festival. The film based on the work of prolific writer DB Mokashi.
Bandishala stars Mukta Barve popular actress of the Mumbai Pune Mumbai movies as the protagonist. She plays a prison officer who wants bring about reforms to improve the jail administration and the living situation of the inmates.
Aaron starring Shashank Kelkar, Neha Joshi and Swastika Mukherjee is a story of a young boy who travels from Konkan, Maharashtra to Paris, France to find his mother.
The Cannes Film Market will be held from May 13 to 22. This endeavour is the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival. The festival will begin on May 14 and will go until May 25.
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