Attihannu Mattu Kanaja lone entry from India at Beijing film fest

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2015 16:59 IST

A lone Indian film Attihannu Mattu Kanaja (Fig fruit and the wasps) will compete for top awards at the upcoming 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) to be held in China later in April.

Debutant director MS Prakash Babu's Kannada film will vie with 14 other films including two from China for the top Tiantan Award.

Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta's Siddharth, a film set in India, had won the best feature film award in the last edition of the film festival.

The latest edition of the festival will be held in Beijing between April 16 and 23.

Babu's film deals with a documentary filmmaker's journey in southern India while researching on music and musical instruments.

The film had earlier been screened at Cannes and at the Indian competition section at the Mumbai Film Festival.

Watch Attihannu Mattu Kanaja trailer here:

Another Indian film, Titli, a 2014 Hindi movie, will be screened in the Panorama section of the festival.

The 15 films were chosen from 930 entries from 90 countries, a statement from the BJIFF organisers said.

The jury that will vote for the 15 films for 10 awards, including best picture and best director categories, is headed by famous French director, Luc Besson, who has directed a number of action flicks in Hollywood including Leon, starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman and the Family, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The jury, chaired by Luc Besson, will vote on the 15 films for 10 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

"The jury also includes several world-renowned directors, screenwriters, actors and actresses, including Russian filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk; Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan; American screenwriter and filmmaker Robert Mark Kamen; South Korean director and screenwriter Kim Ki-duk; Brazilian film producer, director, and screenwriter Fernando Meirelles; and Chinese actress Zhou Xun," the statement said.

Famous Hindi film director Rajkumar Hirani was part of the seven-member jury, which chose the awards last year.

Top Hollywood directors and actors like James Cameron, Oliver Stone and Keanu Reeves have taken part in the festival earlier.

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