Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, who is known for films based on hard-hitting realities, is all set to make a film that will be screened in China. However, this won’t be a full-fledged feature film but a short for an anthology.
In fact, the film in question will be screened at the BRICS Film Festival which is to be held in the country. As far as the preps of the same is concerned, the filmmaker has reportedly kick started the same even amidst his other film commitments and it is currently in the scripting stage. For the said festival, five filmmakers from India, China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa are coming together to make five, 18-minute shorts on the theme, `Where has the time gone’, that will be screened as a full length feature film.
Madhur Bhandarkar will represent India, alongside globally-feted storytellers – Brazilian Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries fame), Chinese director-screenwriter Jia Zhangke, Russian storyteller Aleksey Fedorchenko and South African filmmaker Jahmil XT Qubeka. Talking about the opportunity, the filmmaker added, “I am excited about being a part of a project with senior filmmakers whose work I have revered.”
The five-day festival, to be held in June this year, is aimed at offering a platform to members of film industries from the aforementioned countries to explore areas of cooperation in cinema, culture and cuisine. The theme this year ‘Where has the time gone’ talks about the hurried and busy lifestyle that the current generation has and how there is no time for family and friends the way it used to be when there were no gadgets.
Chinese director Jia Zhangke will work as executive producer to put all 5 short films on the same theme, together to make a feature film that will release in China in September followed by other countries.