Dev Benegal’s screenplay for August Entertainment’s forthcoming film Road, Movie is the only Indian official selection for Cannes film festival this year. L’Atelier Du Cannes is a platform where a few hand-picked filmmakers get an opportunity to network with the world’s biggest studios and investors and showcase their projects to close financing.
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A simple story from India catches the attention of Cannes.
Leading Indian Film Director Dev Benegal’s new screenplay for his forthcoming film Road, Movie gets selected amongst 15 worldwide for the famous Cannes Atelier at Cannes International Film festival 2006.
From Cannes comes this email invitaion:
We are delighted to announce to you that by “ROAD, MOVIE” has been chosen to take part in the Festival’s Atelier (”Workshop”). It will thus be part of the some fifteen films, selected from around the world, to be invited to the 2006 Festival de Cannes (”Cannes Film Festival”).
In the word’s of writer-director Dev Benegal, “It began as a simple story of a man driving a truck with a cargo of old film projectors across India and became a personal journey of discovery for me.
Traveling with a touring cinema has taken me to a world where past and present and future freely coexist. A carnivalesque journey where man, nature, animals and film all came together for that fleeting moment underneath the star lit sky.
Road, Movie grew from this journey. A story of a young man transporting an old truck across the mythic landscape of India. A modern tale of survival and hope in a world of fear, prejudice and authority.
With my crew in place I’m now searching for a cast to play the young leads and have narrowed in on veteran international star Om Puri who plays a key role in the film.”
The film is being produced by Hollywood producer Susan B. Landau, Thompson Street Entertainment of Los Angeles and August Entertainment a cutting edge Asian film production company. Filming in Rajasthan and Kutch begins early 2007.
A book of photographs documenting this amazing journey and life is also in the works.
About Atelier du Cannes
Since its creation, the Festival de Cannes has ever increased its actions in favour of international cinematographic creation upon the sole basis of artistic value.
In 2005, the Festival inaugurates the Atelier, a new programme designed to accompany the promotion of new talent.
L’Atelier has this year invited 15 filmmakers who are ready to make their film, to help them find production partners and international distribution.
The complete potential of the Festival will be made available to these directors, who come from all over the world. A personalised scheduled will be created for them on a daily basis, combining the experience of the Festival with professional appointments and screenings of their finished works or those still in development.
L’Atelier du Festival marks a new stage in the actions of the Festival to invest in new creative talent. In 1998, the Festival de Cannes created the CinÈfondation for young filmmakers, thereby illustrating its desire to anticipate the evolution of cinema and prepare the way for a new generation of filmmakers to come to the fore.
About Dev Benegal
Director / Writer / Editor
Dev Benegal’s first feature English, August (1994) ignited the next generation of Indian cinema and is acknowledged as a landmark in contemporary Indian cinema. A humorous and irreverent study of bureaucracy and the Indian Generation X, English, August won the Silver Grand Prix and the Gilberto Martinez Solares prize for the Best First Film at the Festival des 3 continents, Nantes and the Special Jury Award at the Torino International Film Festival.
English, August became the first Indian independent film to break the stranglehold of mainstream Indian Bollywood cinema when it was acquired by 20thCentury Fox and became a theatrical success in the country. This has set of a trend of movies, which are part of the next generation of Indian cinema.
Split Wide Open Dev Benegal’s second feature film about the war for water was an Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival the film also won the Grand Prix at the Turnhout, Belgium International Film Festival 2000, the Best Actor and Special Jury Award at the Singapore International Film Festival 2000.
His screenplay for Ravan & Eddie was the first Indian script to be selected for the famous eQuinoxe tbc script workshops in France.
Benegal’s films are set in contemporary India. An India most people never see on film. The strength of his films has been their humor, his characters and his unique style combining Indian narrative and western genre. His films are about people caught between many cultures, speaking seventeen languages and still making sense.
Benegal is acknowledged as a pioneer in digital technology; his passion for technology and movies saw the birth of his pioneering production program 24×7 Making Movies™. Benegal has produced over 60 short feature films in the 24×7 Making Movies™ program, which invites anyone below 24 years to make a short feature film in 24hours. Variety and the Cannes International Film Festival have acclaimed the films.
He is also script advisor to the world famous eQuinoxe tbc script workshops in Europe.