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The 68th Cannes International Film Festival to see French Film Dheepan compete.

Harsha Masand | April, 18 2015

French film Dheepan, parts of which have been shot in Tamil Nadu, will vie for the coveted Palm D'Or prize in the Competition Section of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.

The last Indian film to compete for coveted Palm D'Or at the prestigious gala was Shaji N Karun's Swaham in 1994. It turns out that Dheepan is also a movie with an Indian connect.

India's 'Wide Angle Creations', led by Suresh Balaje and George Pius collaborated with the Paris-based company 'Why Not Productions' to shoot the Jacques Audiard-directed film in India.

Mr Balaje, who will walk the Cannes red carpet with the film's crew, said, "It feels good to have worked with Jacques Audiar's Dheepan. We have a great production talent in India and some of the finest film shooting locations. I'm very confident that India can make a global footprint with its production strengths."

Portions of Dheepan, which is based on the journey of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who migrates to Paris, were shot in Rameshwaram, Mandapam and Ooty.

One of the 19 films in the Cannes Competition Section selected from all over the world, Dheepan also stars Chennai-based theatre artiste Kalieaswari Srinivasan in a pivotal role. The leading man is played by Sri Lankan Antonythasan Jesuthasan, who is settled in France.

Over a dozen Indian artistes, including assistant directors have contributed to the making of the film.

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