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Veyyil too goes to Cannes

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By: Settu Shankar
Monday, April 02, 2007
It is a big honour for any film maker when his film gets screened at any international film festival. This time Ameer, Thankar Bachan and Vasantha Balan have got the chance to have their movies screened at the prestigious 60 th Cannes Film Festival. Thousands of movies will be screened and hundreds of directors from all over the world will participate in this mega event, which will be held from May 16th till the 27th. Paruthi Veeran had already secured a place in the festival nearly a month ago. It is said that Ameer, the director of the film, has included a few more scenes which was not there in the original version, only to grab the attention of its international spectators. The climax scene, in particular, has been filmed very elaborately in this new version. According to the director, 'There is no need to worry about its vulgarity. One should only take note of the reality depicted in that scene. This is the only reason behind its inclusion...'

Another film selected for the festival is Veyyil. Vasantha Balan, Director of the film told us , Veyyil has been selected in the 'World Cinema - General' category. It is really a great honour for the crew of the film. Veyyil will be screened at the festival on May 19 th at the Le Cinema Du Monde theatre in the evening. We have already sent a print of the film with English sub- titles to the screening committee'. The third film selected for Cannes is Pallikoodam, a Thankar Bachan film. Unlike the earlier two, this film has not been released in India. The movie is being premiered at the Cannes festival.

Director Thankar Bachan said : Pallikoodam is not a local film. It deals with the global issues from an Indian perspective. Generally, there is an alibi in Kollywood. If a film reaches the award committee directly, its commercial values get underestimated by the so-called film pundits. But Pallikoodam will prove this assumption completely wrong'. However, selection of 3 films simultaneously for the Cannes festival has happened for the very first time in Tamil cinema which has generated greater hope and enthusiasm among its creators and they are beginning to think about film making with a fresh perspective.

Paruthi Veeran Stills
Pallikoodam Stills

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