India’s ‘Lalanna’s Song’, ‘Dhuin’ Purchased for North America at Cannes

Deaf Crocodile Films and Gratitude Films have acquired the Indian films “Lalanna’s Song” and “Dhuin” for North American distribution. The deals were done during the Cannes Market.

“Dhuin” is one of six Indian titles selected for market screening by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Biswajeet Bora’s previous take on Deaf Crocodile and Gratitude ‘Boomba Ride’ will also be featured at the market, where India is the country of honor this year.

Directed by Megha Ramaswamy (“Bunny”) and produced by Newton Cinema, the Malayalam and Hindi film “Lalanna’s Song” follows two young women (top Malayalam cinema stars, Rima Kallingal and Parvathy Thiruvothu) in a seemingly everyday way of dealing with prejudice and Sexism. Her world begins to crumble into David Lynch-like shards, triggered by her encounter with a potentially supernatural young girl, Lalanna (aspiring actor Nakshatra Indrajith), whose song could bring death.

Ramaswamy said: “As a filmmaker, my central connection to the story is that of the consequences women suffer constantly – an affliction that haunts us outside of our homes and also creeps into our physical presence. Lalanna’s song, which she is forced to sing, is an angry dirge filled with seething anger at the power imbalance in society.”

Directed by Achal Mishra (“The Village House”), the Maithili and Hindi film “Dhuin” is a portrait of a 25-year-old street theater actor who desperately wants to leave his rural hometown of Darbhanga and travel to Mumbai, but finds himself trapped by family commitments, lack of experience and connections. The film makes several references to the work of Abbas Kiarostami. It stars Abhinav Jha, Bijay Kumar Sah, Prashant Rana and Ankush Prasad.

Mieshra said, “Through its characters and spaces, the film also navigates the small town theater scene and all of its idiosyncrasies.”

Dennis Bartok, Deaf Crocodile co-founder and head of acquisitions and distribution, said, “Both films play like beautifully written and critically acclaimed short novels.”

Deaf Crocodile and Gratitude recently released Mishra’s debut film The Village House.

Anu Rangachar, Founder of Gratitude Films said: “I am proud to continue our collaboration with Achal Mishra, one of the most brilliant filmmakers to emerge on India’s independent cinema scene. With ‘Lalanna’s Song’ we hope audiences will discover the courageous voice of Megha Ramaswamy, a truly talented filmmaker.”

The two companies also recently released Indian director Pushpendra Singh’s mystical feminist drama The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs.

Both “Lalanna’s Song” and “Dhuin” are slated for an art-house release in the fall, followed by a digital release through partner Grasshopper Films for TVOD/SVOD.

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