Shivajee Chandrabhushan‘s The Untold Tale is one of the 15 projects selected by the Festival de Cannes Cinefondation for L’Atelier 2012. The Cinefondation’s Atelier hosts organized exchanges where the selected filmmakers can meet with experienced film industry professionals to talk about their projects and secure financing for the same.. So far , 115 directors have benefited and 72 films have been made thanks to the program since it’s inception in 2005 and 20 of those films are in pre-production.
This year, L’Atelier has chosen 15 projects from 14 different countries based on their originality and artistic promise.
Shivajee Chandrabhushan, who has made films like Frozen and One More… ( first Indian film based on Ice Hockey and recently premiered at Pan Asia Film Festival,London-2012 ) is vivid with joy as it’s been a much cherished dream of his to make this film. Another reason for feeling overjoyed is the fact this is the 1st Indo-French co-production to make it to L’Atelier. The film is a period romance drama spanning across 3 countries – Spain, France and India. Co-written and produced by Triparna Banerjee, the announcement is good news for Indie filmmakers and supporters of Indie/smaller films in India.
Apart from The Untold Tale, The 2012 Atelier team also includes: Malek Bensmail with Odysseys from Algeria, Alejandro Almendras with To Kill A Man from Chile, Pengfei Song with Underground Fragrance and Robin Weng with Du, Zooey and Ma from China, Marco van Geffen with In Your Name from the Netherlands, Mai Masri with3000 Nights from Palestine, Mahmoud Al Massad with Blessed Benefits from Jordan, Dyana Gaye with Des Etoiles from France/Senegal, Pablo Lamar with The Last Land from Paraguay, Ralston Jover with The Dog Show from the Philippines, Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt with Tristes Monroes from France/Portugal, Adina Pintilie with Touch Me Not from Romania and Manuel Martin Cuencawith Cannibal from Spain.
L’Atelier will run from May 18 – 25 in Cannes.