An Indian film Labour of Love will screen at Venice Days, an important sidebar at the Venice International Film Festival, running from August 27 to September 6.
Like the Cannes' Directors Fortnight, Venice Days plays independent of the main festival and is promoted by the association of Italian cinema directors and authors. Venice Days, born in 2004, aims at drawing attention to quality cinema with an eye for innovation and originality.
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Labour of Love, made in Bengali and by the first-time Kolkata-based director Aditya Vikram Sengupta, will be among the 12 movies this year competing for several awards, including that for first features and Venice Days' Jury Prize.
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Labour of Love is set in the crumbling lanes and by-lanes of teeming Kolkata and traces the eventful lives of two people caught in the throes of recession. Ritwick Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee will essay the leads.
The official lineup of the festival will be unveiled in Rome on Thursday.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Venice International Film Festival this year.)