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Mira Nair will turn producer for writer-director Sooni Taraporewala’s Three and a Half which is among the 32 finalists selected for this year’s Film Bazaar coproduction market.
The annual event is organized by the government-backed National Film Development Corporation and will again take place in Goa, from November 20-24, and run alongside the International Film Festival of India.
Taraporewala has been a long-time collaborator with Nair penning titles such as Mississippi Masala, The Namesake and the Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay. Taraporewala made her directing debut with 2007’s Little Zizou which was presented by Nair along with Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Taraporewala’s Three and a Half is among the 32 finalists – a mix of 18 Indian projects and 14 from overseas – hoping to attract funding and distribution at Film Bazaar.
The second US project in addition to Three and a Half is Interpreter of Maladies, based on the Pulitzer winning novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, to be produced and directed by Amitav Kaul.
The UK’s director-producer team of Geetha J and Ian McDonald – whose documentary Algorithms is nominated for best newcomer at the British Documentary Awards – will present End Game in Goa.
Director Sabiha Sumar from Pakistan will pitch The Judgement. Sumar’s Silent Waters won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2003.
The selection also includes Pulkit Datta‘s Colony, a result of NFDC’s collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project, USA.
Other international projects include Jamie Mateus-Tique‘s Goa (France) , Kanwal Sethi‘s Once Again (Germany), Shiladitya Bora‘s Minefield (Sri Lanka) , Fazila Amiri‘s Summer with Azita (Afghanistan) , Vijay Chandran‘s Gilded Cage (Singapore) and Iram Haq’s What Will People Say (Norway).
The Indian finalists include six projects that were earlier confirmed as finalists in the Bazaar’s Screenwriters Lab. These include The Boyfriend by Ashim Ahluwalia whose 2012 title Miss Lovely was a Cannes selection. Other titles include Aamir Bashir‘s Winter, Nila Madhab Panda‘s Blossoms and Mohit Takalkar‘s Medium Spicy.
Film Bazaar has played a crucial role in mentoring a new Indian cinematic sensibility, away from mainstream Bollywood. This has resulted in titles such as the NFDC co-produced The Lunchbox which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Similarly, titles that traveled well on the international festival and arthouse circuit include Ship of Theseus and more recently Titli (which premiered at Cannes this year) and Margarita With a Straw (which played at Toronto).
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