EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Endorphine Production and Dutch production company Augustus Film have boarded Indian filmmaker Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise (Arunoday), alongside India’s Independent Movies and the National Film Development Corp (NFDC).
Set to star Adil Hussain (Life Of Pi) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (Brick Lane), the Marathi-language film follows a police inspector investigating a child trafficking case, who is obsessed with finding his own young daughter who went missing ten years earlier.
Augustus Film’s Bero Beyer and Endorphine’s Fabian Massah will produce with Sen-Gupta and Rakesh Mehra of Independent Movies. Production is tentatively scheduled to start early next year.
Also on board the film are DoP Jean-Marc Ferriere and composer Eryck Abecassis, who worked with Sen-Gupta on his previous film Let The Wind Blow, which premiered at Berlin in 2004 and won several awards on the international festival circuit.
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Sunrise, which will be Sen-Gupta’s second feature, took part in the Locarno film festival’s Open Doors co-production market last year.
Sen-Gupta has also raised some funds for the film via crowd-sourcing. “The project got a great response because it’s a beautifully-told story that people can relate to,” said Beyer.
Augustus Film is also a co-producer on Anup Singh’s upcoming Punjabi-language drama Qissa, with Germany’s Heimatfilm, France’s Cine-Sud and the NFDC.