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Many years ago director Dev Benegal made Split Wide Open with Rahul Bose, a film about water scarcity in Mumbai. When Shekhar Kapoor announced Paani for the first time 10 years ago, Dev Benegal cried foul regarding his film's subject being suspiciously similar to what Shekhar proposed. Now when Shekhar Kapur has begun prepping for Paani with Sushant Singh Rajput, another filmmaker has crept up from behind with a film that sounds like a precursor to Paani. National award winning director Nila Madhab Panda's Kaun Kitne Paani Mein, funded by One Drop, a Canadian no-profit organization devoted to providing drinking water the world over, seems to share uncanny resemblances to Shekhar's Paani. While Kaun Kitne Paani Mein is set in two parts of a village in Odissa named Upri and Bairi where water is a constant source of friction, Shekhar Kapur's Paani will unfold in a futuristic city divided »
- Subhash K. Jha
Some 29 projects will be pitched to co-producers, investors and distributors over a three day period, Mar. 24-26, including four competing for the Haf/Fox Chinese Award, backed by Fox International Productions.
All of the Haf’s factual entries will be eligible for a new documentary prize.
The event takes place in Hong Kong as part of the Entertainment Expo that also incorporates FilMart and the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival.
The Philippines’ Mendoza, 2009 best director at Cannes for “Kinatay,” has two projects at Haf: narrative feature, “The Embroiderer,” and “The Gay Messiah” a documentary questioning religion and belief.
- Patrick Frater
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