Ananth Mahadevan’s film to be shown at Cannes Film Festival
The true story of Prabhavati Amma is set to represent India on Thursday
Although a far cry away from the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, the annual Cannes Film Festival starts in a new format today. Opening this morning, the 73rd edition, of the business segment ‘Marche du Film’ (which runs in conjunction with the Festival de Cannes) will take place in the digital sphere in a bid to support the international film industry. Running until Friday, the online event will showcase 4,000 films and projects to 12,500 guests.
One of the 4,000 films and representing India is Ananth Mahadevan’s Mai Ghat: Crime No 103/2005 which will be screened on Thursday. In an interview with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Mahadevan said he was proud of his achievement desire the unusual circumstances, “There are no films in competition and no awards. I won’t even be present at the French Riviera, but it’s still a privilege to have a Cannes premiere and be able to use the label to market my film. That in the midst of total stagnation, my film is still alive is a creative high.”
The films follows the true story of Prabhavati Amma’s 13-year fight to seek justice for her son Udaykumar who was tortured and killed at Thiruvananthapuram’s Fort Police Station in 2005. Eventually, in 2018 a Special CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) court sentenced two policemen to the death penalty in the case. The plot explores the pursuit of moral justice against police brutality.
The film has already met critical acclaim after being screened at the 50th International Film Festival in Goa last year. Going on to win awards for cinematography, editing, best actress and film at Kerala, Kolkata, New York and Singapore film festival.