Backup Media Boards ‘A Life, A Rose’ debut film by Kaushik Ray

Backup Media Boards ‘A Life, A Rose’ debut film by Kaushik Ray

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Debut film ‘A Life, A Rose’ has attracted a heavyweight international investor in the French company Backup Media.

The proposed film belongs to Kaushik Ray, who has previously worked as a film finance lawyer on such projects as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘Fish Tank’. His first two short films as a director are only now in pre-production.

Paris-based Backup Media, represented by producer Jean-Baptiste Babin, is a hugely experienced co-producer and interface between the European and international film industry. It previously supported Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’, Brian de Palma’s ‘Domino’, Carlota Pereda’s ‘Piggy’ (Sundance Film Festival, 2022) and ‘Still Alice’, which earned Julianne Moore an Oscar for best actress in 2015.

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Part of NFDC Film Bazaar’s 2022 co-production market, “A Life A Rose” is structured as a co-production between companies in India, France, UK and Germany. It is the story of decades of silent mutual love, told through the eyes of the 70-year-old protagonist Namita Sinha, a retired professor who goes to Paris to track down her former lover and best friend. Set in contemporary Paris, the film is partly narrated through flashbacks to 1960s Kolkata. It is narrated in Hindi, English, French and Bengali.

Ray said he was inspired by people from his parents’ generation. “As the representation of younger queer people increases, I didn’t want to forget the stories of the older generation of living Indians,” he told Variety.

Film Bazaar is the project’s first co-production outing. We are currently preparing for the last quarter of 2023. “We are looking at a mix of UK, French and Indian funding. In particular, we are seeking funding for manufacturing expenditure in India. The UK and French money will be a mix of grants, tax credits, public funding and private equity,” said Ray, whose Taran Tantra focuses on LGBTQ+ content from South Asia, with a particular focus on stories about intersectional prejudice in minority communities.

Established in 2020, Taran Tantra has co-produced two short films: “The Protector” directed by Pradipta Ray (BFI Flare, 2022) and “Pariah” by director Nishant Roy Bombarde (New York Indian Film Festival 2022). “I’m currently co-producing two other feature films and have a documentary in development,” said Ray.

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