Chandrabhushan’s The Untold Tale invited to Cannes

MUMBAI: Shivajee Chandrabhushan’s film The Untold Tale has been invited to be screened in the Cannes L’Atelier section at the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival in May. It is one of the 15 scripts selected for the Cannes L’Atelier section.

The occasion gives the filmmaker a good chance for interaction with potential financiers and distributors. The organisers have already helped the filmmaker find a French co-producer for this multi-lingual project.

According to the director, the idea for the new film has been with him for five years now. "My co-writer Triparna Banerjee and I wrote 15 drafts before sending the script to Cannes. We are still tweaking it before the filming begins,"he adds.

The story of The Untold Tale begins with a girl who realises that her grandmother was a Flamenco dancer who fell in love with an Indian man in the ’50s. Her search for her roots then takes her through France, Spain and India.

The film will be shot in Bikaner, Barcelona and Roussillona, a small French town close to the Spanish border.

It may be recalled that the director came out with the idea of making the film when he was in Spain to promote his film Frozen in 2007. It was then that he discovered that the traditional Flamenco dance form has its roots in Kathak. Further research revealed historical records that gypsies from north-western India journeyed to Spain. That is, perhaps, how Flamenco evolved.

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