Magazine article Variety

Premium Films Picks Up Rights to 'Shadows'

Magazine article Variety

Premium Films Picks Up Rights to 'Shadows'

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FRENCH SALES AGENT Premium Films has boarded international sales on Los Angeles-based Indian director Dipesh Jain's feature debut "In the Shadows." The film made its world premiere in Busan's A Window on Asian Cinema section on Oct. 14, and is a nominee for the Kim Ji-seok award.

"We are delighted to pick up this great Indian first feature by one of the most promising talents of this region. Because the story is universal we are convinced it will reach an audience wider than the national one," said Leslie Saussereau of Premium.

Produced by U.K.-based Exstant Motion Pictures, the film is a psychological drama about a man who is trapped within the city walls of old Delhi and in his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection. It stars Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami and Om Singh.

"It is very challenging to write a character who is psychologically damaged but doesn't externalize or verbalize it," says Jain. "I feel that most cinematic representations of psychological issues borders on lunacy - characters doing crazy things. I didn't want to do that."

Jain is already packaging his next project, "A Stone's Throw Away." Based on real events, the film is set in war-torn Kashmir where a loner American dam engineer and a Kashmiri child soldier forge an unlikely bond and eventually discover what it means to have a place that one calls home. …

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