Enlighten turns to film production; first film release at Venice fest

MUMBAI: Having turned to film production for the first time, the Pranav Ashar founded outfit Enlighten Film Company will present its first film Sonchidhi (The Golden Bird), directed by Amit Dutta at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

Sonchidi is about two travelers who are in search of a flying craft, which one of them thinks is made by a mad engineer whom he recollects from his childhood. They believe that if they can find the craft, it could possibly take them to the ultimate escape from the cycle of births. On their way to find this machine, they record their memories, dreams and fears in a sound-recorder and a notebook.
Said Ashar, “Enlighten does not merely encourage, endorse, report on and disseminate an alternative sensibility in art, but also strives to take a more active role in producing art. When we sought to look for a filmmaker whose work we could assist in producing, our natural choice was Amit. His earlier feature films Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya and Nainsukh were also featured at various international film festivals including Venice, Rotterdam, Vienalle and San Francisco. For us, he is clearly one of India‘s leading art house filmmaker and therefore, an obvious choice."

Speaking about his association with Enlighten, Dutta added, "I have decided to work with these very young people. It was heartening to know that they have not only offered to produce the kind of films I make but also assured me complete freedom to experiment. Sonchidi, is made through a co-operative of friends called ‘Sudoor Sahkaar’ where each member contributed their skill and to take it forward from here is an equally important aspect of finishing the cycle of film-making, and we are glad to have found an enthusiastic partner in Enlighten Film Company.

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