UK broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired four films that have screened at Film Bazaar including India’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
The four titles – The Good Road, Sulemani Keeda, Fandry and B.A. Pass - will screen as part of the New Voices section within Channel 4’s Indian film season in 2014. The season of around 20 Indian titles is screened in two blocks – April and September-October.
“The idea is to make sure we cater to a wider Asian audience, so we would have a commercial movie like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara screening alongside a Celluloid Man,” said Channel 4 Indian film programmer Nasreen Munni Kabir.
“These are young, new generation film-makers who will not get mainstream studios’ distribution support. The only downside is that sub-titled films play late at night [after 11pm] but people mostly record and watch at their convenience.”
Gyan Correa’s The Good Road is a Gujarati-language road movie revolving around three groups of people travelling in the Rann of Kutch and is India’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Fandry is a Marathi-language social drama about caste discrimination. Slacker comedy Sulemani Keeda and Delhi-set drama B.A. Pass are both Hindi-language productions.