A debut film by an Indian journalist Sharath Chandra Bose has been shortlisted for the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.
The film focusses on re-criminalisation of homosexuality. Titled Penile Code, the 14-minute film directed by 27-year-old Bose, is set to be screened at the international film festival between May 13 and May 23 this year.
"The film depicts the life of two urban girls who are in a lesbian relationship living together under various political climates especially during the time of the re-criminalisation of homosexuality in India," says Bose.
The Supreme Court had in a verdict in December 2013 criminalised homosexual relationships.
The Delhi-based journalist says that his short film has been shot in an experimental surrealistic method.
"For me, a film should be one that is also committed to the aesthetics of cinema, that is in terms of taking the medium forward in all respects and I have constantly tried to do justice to it," says Bose.
With a running time of 14 minutes and 55 seconds the film was made with a budget of Rs 45,000.
"After viewing your short film, we are glad to inform you that it has been accepted for the 2015 Short Film Corner," festival organisers said in a statement to Bose.
Bose, an avid movie enthusiast, is fond of contemporary film makers such as Michael Haneke, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Apichatpong, Tsai Ming Liang, Hou Hsiea Hsien and Gyeong.
"It would seem insufficient if I did not mention my years of growing up watching mainstream Malayalam and Hindi films; while I started taking films seriously on gaining exposure to Indian filmmakers like Ray, Adoor, Mrinal Sen, Aravindan, Shyam Benegal, Shaji N Karun and John Abraham," he says.
His film previously won the Innovative Film award at YOUKI 16 International Media festival of Austria. It was also shown during the Kinofest International Digital Festival in Bucharest (Romania) and at the International Festival of Cinema in Campania (Italy). It is also listed at this year's Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market.