Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors session this year was devoted to cinema from India. 12 projects, selected out of over 200 applications in 18 different languages from 30 regions in India, participated in the Open Doors co-production lab, organised with the collaboration of the Festival Industry Office. The objective of the 4-day workshop that took place during the Festival, was to assist the selected directors and producers to find co-production partners and to complete their films.
The jury, composed by Martina Malacrida and Nathalie Soldini for the Festival del film Locarno, by Walter Ruggle and Martial Knaebel representing the Swiss support fund for production “visions sud est”, by André de Margerie and Remi Burah for ARTE, by Jacqueline Ada and Ramdane Saâd for CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) decided upon the following grants, awarded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC):
Grant Open Doors 30.000 CHF
THE TRAPPER’S SNARE by Shanker Raman produced by Rucha Pathak
Grant Open Doors 20.000 CHF
BURQA BOXERS directed and produced by Alka Raghuram
Grant for development CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée) 7.000 Euros
LASYA (The Gentle Dance) by Anup Singh produced by Johannes Rexin
Grant for development ARTE 6.000 Euros
CHAR… THE ISLAND WITHIN directed and produced by Sourav Sarangi, co-produced by Stefano Tealdi and Signe Byrge Sørensen
The Trapper’s Snare is the spiritual journey of 15 year old Sundaran, his experiences and realizations, and his rite of passage into adulthood. The film is a meditation on the significance of what one is able to or willing to leave behind.
In a culture where beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission are the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfilment, marriage, young Muslim girls learn boxing at a little gym in Kolkata, India. Burqa Boxers tells the story of these warriors determined to knock out a few stereotypes. It will be the story of three young women Amina, Shyara, and Khadija as they train for the state amateur boxing championship.
In addition, the 64th Locarno Festival proudly presents three films whose projects took part in Open Doors co-production lab past editions: in the Concorso internazionale TANATHUR (Last Days in Jerusalem) by Tawfik Abu Wael (Israel/Palestine/France/Germany), winner of the 2007 Open Doors co-production lab; in the Concorso Cineasti del presente SOLNETCHNIYE DNI (Sunny Days) by Nariman Turebayev (Kazakistan), winner in 2010, and HELLO! SHU XIAN SHENG (Mr. Tree) by Jie Han (China), part of Open Doors 2009.