Two Marathi short films - Kedar Jape's Baangdya (Bangles) and Reema Amrapurkar's Janani - will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, beginning on May 15.
While Janani would be screened in the short film corner and Indian pavilion sections, Baangdya would be screened in the short film corner only.
Kedar decided to direct his film in black & white as it features the colourless life of farmer widows in India.
The story revolves around a small village girl Chingi who loves to play with bangles. She finds out that her father has committed suicide and her mother is also on her way to do the same.
The film of 16 minutes duration is about her struggle to save her only parent and in the process an explosive truth, about the brutal farming reality is revealed.
"The concept was very close to my heart, but organising funds was an issue. I emailed the story to many people across the globe, and many of them responded to the call positively with small amounts. This success is an acknowledgment to their faith reposed in me and the cause," he said.
The film features Maithili Kadam, Madhugandha Kulkarni, Manoj Acharya and Hitendra Upasani.
Meanwhile, Janani dwells on the issue of female foeticide and sex determination. The film was adjudged the best short film at the IFFI in Goa last year.