Arfi Lamba, Katharina Suckale

Source: Manish Thakur, Vicki Idnani

Bombay Berlin Film Productions, Arfi Lamba, Katharina Suckale

Producers Katharina Suckale and Arfi Lamba of Indian-German co-production company Bombay Berlin Film Productions are in Cannes with two queer projects, and have also signed a deal with Mubi for Indian title Trijya (Radius).

The Distant Near, optioned by UK writer James Pout, tells the story of the German Olympian and world-record holding runner, Otto Peltzer, who survived the concentration camps of the 1940s but was subsequently refused dignity of life as he turned to coaching in post-war Germany, and was persecuted for being openly gay by the German Sports Association. His struggles led him to India, where he trained the Indian athletics running team.

The second project is A Life A Rose, a female-led gay love story set in contemporary Paris with flashbacks to 1960s Calcutta. It is an Indo-French co-production and written by Kaushik Ray.

The company has also completed a deal with Mubi, who has acquired worldwide streaming video on demand rights to Akshay Indikar’s semi-autobiographical debut feature, Trijya (Radius), for a June/July release. The deal was brockered by Firefly Productions on behalf of Bombay Berlin Film Productions. It is co-produced with Chitrakathi Nirmitee, and stars Abhay Mahajan as a reporter leaving village life and trying to find his identity in the big city of Pune.