Kolkata: Sri Lankan director Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Bengali venture ‘Chhatrak’ (Mushroom) has got the opportunity to be showcased at upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

The film will be screened at Directors' Fortnight section.

The Directors' Fortnight section created in 1969 is held in parallel to the main festival and invites cinematic talent from all over the world.

The protagonist of the film, titled Chhatrak (Mushroom) to signify rootlessness in an urban milieu, is a non-resident Bengali architect who comes to Kolkata in search of his brother.

He loves communicating with nature more than human beings.

An upcoming Tollywood actor Rahul essayed the role and Paoli is the lead actress.

The Directors' Fortnight section which was created in 1969 is held in parallel to the main festival and invites cinematic talent from all over the world.

"It is great news for everybody involved with the film as well as Bengali cinema. It will also help in fostering more film collaboration among SAARC countries," the film's executive producer Bappaditya Bandopadhyay said.

He also added, "We discussed about the script with Vimukthi. The credit for the film's success goes to him and the actors and technicians. It is a privilege to work with him."

Bandyopadhyay, whose 'Houseful' starring Prosenjit was acclaimed at Osian's, said,"The Cannes honour was more touching because all the artiste are from Bengal except one German actor."

"Bengali films can reach international standard with the arrival of top-notch directors, who can come out of the conformist cocoon and explore the talent here. What we need now is more collaborations to make the dent internationally," Bandyopadhyay said.

Vimukhi, who is great fan of legends like Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak said the movie is a kind of his tribute to these great film makers of Bengal.

(Agencies)