Cannes: Indian/U.K. and Swiss Companies Unite for 'The Hermit'

The movie, written and directed by Kamal Musale, is billed as a comedy drama and will be produced by Flick the Switch and Louise Productions.

Mumbai- and London-based boutique studio Flick the Switch has made a pact with Swiss production company Louise Productions for The Hermit, a black comedy set in India.

Written and directed by Kamal Musale, The Hermit follows a woman of Indian origin and her hostile English husband as they go to India to claim her inheritance, and are confronted with a dangerous and crazy white hermit who claims to have equal rights to live on their property.

The Hermit will be Louise Productions’ first venture into features.

Company producer Heinz Dill has been partnering with Musale on a variety of other projects for TV over the last 30 years.

L’escale, Louise's latest feature documentary has been selected to screen in the Directors' Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival.

Flick the Switch is headed by Sheena Morjaria aims to capitalize on the cultural and demographic developments taking place both inside India and globally.

Morjaria will take on the role of executive producer for The Hermit and is in Cannes looking to secure a U.K. co-producer for the project.

Backers have already secured 50 percent of its funding from the Swiss Ministry of Culture.

"In recent years, there has been a marked interest from audiences in films that explore different cultures and cities. India has always been a favorite with a select number of film-makers, and it is increasingly becoming a desirable, fascinating and exotic backdrop for good storytelling," said Morjaria.

"The Hermit is a perfect example of a film that will cross cultural and territorial boundaries, in the same way that films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have done."