Cannes call for Bengali short films

Sunday, May 8, 2016,15:21 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kolkata | Director Anirban Guha’s Elixir has been selected for Cannes Short Film Corner to be held from May 11 to 22, one of the six Bengali shorts making the cut to the prestigious film festival.

With an interesting star cast including unconventional actor Daminee Benny Basu, Elixir talks about a mind-journey. I am humbled that it got selected by Cannes jury. Watching our movie screened at Cannes will be an amazing experience, Guha, a Delhi-based banker, told.

The film’s male lead Akash is debutant actor Mahul Brahma, a corporate communicator in his professional life. The editing has been done by FTII alumni and National Award winning editor (2008) Sreya Chatterjee.

As the story goes, the female lead Daminee has a dual life after having drunk the Elixir. The other selected short films are Abhiroop Basu’s Afternoon with Julia’, Aniket Chattopadhyay’s Saubala, Lubdhak Chatterjee’s In a Free State, Charles Kinnane’s Generation Hope and Moumita Mondal’s Adieu. Among the other works, Moumita’s Adieu looks at a hospital ward through the eyes of a young boy who is admitted there, while Charles’ Generation Hope has been made in Bengali, Creole and English languages as per the demands of the locations.