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Q's Tasher Desh at Rome Film Festival

Posted on Nov 05, 09:10PM | IBNS

Kolkata based production house Overdose Films on Monday announced that its next film project 'Tasher Desh' (House of Cards) would have its World Premiere at the 7th Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) being held from Nov 9-17.

Tasher Desh is also be competing in the Cinema XXI section of the Festival this year.

The film has been directed by Q (Kaushik Mukherjee) who came into international prominence with 'Gandu', a film that was premiered at Berlin and won Best New Director award at the Seattle International Film Festival, apart from being presented at various other film festivals.

The Rome Film Festival has four sections, Competition, Out of Competition, CinemaXXI and Prospettive Italia. The jury of the CinemaXXI section is led by Douglas Gordon with Hans Hurch, Ed Lachman, Andrea Lissoni and Emily Jacir. The film in the section will compete for the CinemaXXI Award.

Commenting on the film and selection, Q said: "The most important thing about such an international film festival is the line-up of films against which mine will compete. 30 films from across the world have been chosen and it is an honour to compete against directors like Elisabetta Sgarbi and Thomas Heise."

"Furthermore, Tagore undoubtedly is one of the most talented literary geniuses of all time and adapting one of his works to suit the present day scenario was always going to be a challenge.

"While making Tasher Desh my attempt has been to stay as true to Tagore's original work while presenting it in a modern day format that has become synonymous with my school of cinema," he said.

The only Indian film to be selected to RIFF, Tasher Desh is a "trippy adaptation" of Rabindranath Tagore's dance drama with the same name.

The film which is co-produced by Anurag Kashyap stars Anubrata Basu, Rituparna Sen and Soumyak Kanti De Biswas.

The film also features 10 of the most popular Rabindra Sangeet pieces, albeit rendered by popular international acts such as Asia Dub Foundation (ADF), Sushella Raman, etc.

While the festival would mark the first public screening of Tasher Desh, the movie is slated for a 2013 first quarter release in India.