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Benegal to represent India at Cannes

He and two others will present their work at the fest. Rare honour for Dev

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 19:10 IST

Three people, including director Dev Benegal and a film student, will represent India at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France.

Benegal has been selected to participate at the "l'Atelier du festival" section at Cannes, which will give him the opportunity to present his work on his next project Road Movie.

Anirban Datta, a student at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata, becomes the first Indian to be selected in the Cinéfondation section for his film Tetris, a statement from the French embassy said. 

"I am thrilled about having the opportunity of a lifetime and proud to represent India at this year's Cannes film festival," said Datta.

Bombay-based producer Sunil Doshi will also represent India. He will get the opportunity to showcase Rajat Kapoor's Mixed Doubles to the international delegates attending Cannes in the "Pavillon du Sud" and discuss his next projects with potential international partners.

"The participation of these three young men shows that Indian cinema is going global and Cannes is the best platform in the world for that," said Mohamed Bendjebbour, audiovisual attaché at the embassy.

Created in 1998 and devoted to the search for new talent, the Cinéfondation selects each year 15-20 short and medium-length works, presented by film schools from all over the world.

The selection of Cinéfondation is a section of the official selection of the Festival de Cannes.

The "Atelier" selects every year about 20 feature-film projects throughout the world, and invites their directors to Cannes to put them in touch with professionals.