GUWAHATI, May 2 - Assamese short film Tez has been selected for screening at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) 2016, which will be held from May 11 to 22.
An Eastern Green Pictures production, this Assamese language short film has been selected under the Short Film Corner section of the prestigious festival.
Tez, directed by Bhaskar Upadhyaya and Prabhat Goswami, is based on the theme of a father who abandons his newborn girl child because he had wanted a boy. The father associates the birth of a girl with unending responsibilities and liabilities. However, the world turns upside down for the father when he has his moment of realisation.
“Tez has been honoured for creative efforts blended with cinematic excellence,” said director Upadhyaya, who is also the producer of the short film.
It needs mention that Tez received official selection in the 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2016. Adding another feather to the cap, Tez has been selected for the 16th International Film Festival to be held in Jaipur from May 15. The short film is among 65 films selected out of 975 films received from 60 countries on 16 different subjects.
Tez stars Prastuti Parashar, Angurlata Deka and Giridhar Roy, while Tarali Sarma is the music director of the film. Tez was shot in Guwahati and its outskirts late in 2015. Tez puts forward the message of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the Girl child, Educate the Girl child) in a very subtle yet cinematic way.
Engineer-turned passionate filmmaker Bhaskar Upadhyaya further said, “Selection of Tez in film festivals like Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival and Dada Saheb Phalke means creative efforts and cinematic excellence. We look forward for filling the void of the cinema industry in the days to come.”