CHENNAI: After a successful theatrical run in India, ‘Last Film Show’ (‘Chhello Show’), India’s official entry to the Oscars, has now been selected for the main competition at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2022 in Saudi Arabia.
The film will compete with the best of Arab, Asian and African cinema at the second annual festival, which runs from December 1 to 10 in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The jury of this year’s Red Sea competition is chaired by the legendary Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone. Other titles in the competition include ‘A Summer in Boujad’ (Morocco) by Omar Mouldouira, ‘Raven Song’ by Mohamed Al Salman (Saudi Arabia), ‘A Childless Village’ (Iran) by Reza Jami, ‘Next Sohee’ by July (South Korea ) and more.
The Red Sea International Film Festival 2022 will present a total of 131 feature and short films from 61 countries. Shekhar Kapur “What’s love got to do with it?” there will be an Opening Night movie on December 1st.
The final film of the festival is the world premiere of the film ‘Valley Road’ by the Saudi writer and director Khaled Fahd.
Directed by Mr. Nalin, ‘Last Film Show’ (‘Chhello Show’) is a Gujarati coming-of-age drama about a nine-year-old boy, Samaya (Bhavin Rabari), who gets caught up in the magic of film and cinema. sets out to fulfill his 35mm celluloid dreams.
The film was selected as India’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Academy Awards in 2023.
Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur, producer Dheer Momaya and director Pan Nalin said in a joint statement, “We are thrilled that our film ‘Last Film Show’ is in competition at the Red Sea International Film Festival 2022 in Saudi Arabia.
After its first edition last year, the festival presents the best of Arab, Asian and international cinema. We are thrilled and honored to join an eclectic line-up of films that reflect the cultural diversity of the Global South.”