Mumbai: Director Manjeet Singh's 'Chenu' is the only Indian project to be selected by the Cannes Film Festival's co-production market L'Atelier. It is Singh's second film after his his internationally acclaimed debut 'Mumbai Cha Raja' which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival.
'Chenu' is among the 15 projects selected from across the globe for L'Atelier, which runs from May 17 to 23.
"It's an honour to be selected in the most powerful co-production event on planet, which will speed up the process of completion of funds and bring on-board reputed producers, sales agents and distributors. It's a stamp of approval that 'Chenu' belongs to best of world cinema," Singh said in a statement.
Singh's film tells the story of a low caste dalit boy, living in rural North India, who is drawn into an ongoing war between the extreme violent leftist forces the 'Naxals' and fascist gangs of the landlords, when his younger sister
Chano's fingers are chopped by a landlord for plucking mustard leaves from his farm.
L'Atelier, in its 9th edition, offers invited directors access to international co-production, and potential investors.
So far, out of 126 projects presented over the last eight years, 83 have been completed and 29 are in pre-production.