Cannes Film Festival to screen Odisha-born producer’s film

An Odisha-born producer is set to present his film at the esteemed Cannes International Film Festival. Read on to know…

English movie Desires of the Heart, produced by Odisha-born Solila Parida, is set to be premiered during the Cannes International Film Festival in France May 14-25, said the movie’s associate producer Jitendra Mishra.

The movie will be shown May 17, at 4 p.m. in Screen-Gray 5 theatre at Cannes as part of the market screening section of the 67th edition of the festival. The festival offers 34 screening rooms separately to the registered participants under the market screening section for those whose films are not selected in the official categories. It provides them opportunity to screen their films so as to showcase their creations to the global audience, said Mishra.

Desires of the Heart has already received best film award this year in LA Femme International Film Festival, and received critical acclaim in festivals like Sedona International Film Festival and Macon Film Festival.

The movie, produced last year, is a love story that focuses on Sati practice followed in certain Indian communities in which a widowed woman would immolate herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The practice was banned several times, with the current ban dating to 1829 by the British.

The film, which deals with the Sati practice in a light manner with a good dose of drama, suspense and great music, was shot in Savannah, Georgia, as well as in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The cast includes Hollywood stars Val Lauren and Alicia Minshew and Bollywood actors Gulshan Grover and Harsh Mayar.

Award-winning director James Kicklighter went behind the camera to narrate the story and Rajesh Rathi has directed the India portion of the film. Anthony Guerrero edited the film.