Film Bazaar: Michael Radford’s ‘Princess’ seeks co-producer

Film Bazaar: Michael Radford’s ‘Princess’ seeks co-producer

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Director and screenwriter Michael Radford, who won BAFTA awards and Oscar nominations for his Italian-language film “Il Postino: The Postman,” will co-direct “The Princess of Kapurthala” (aka “La Princesa De Kapurthala”). The direction of the 20th century romance will be shared with Spanish filmmaker Manuel Estudillo (“El Eden Perdido”).

The Spanish-language co-production between companies from Spain, UK, France and India will be part of the co-production market at NFDC’s Film Bazaar 2022 in Goa.

“The Princess of Kapurthala” is a trilogy based on the true life story of Spanish girl Anita Delgado, who became the Maharani Prem Kaur of Kapurthala in India at the age of 16. “Anita is also a strong and determined woman who learns everything it takes to become a princess, and later uses these charms to make her mark on the society of the time,” said producer Juan Antonio Casado (“The Chess Player.” , ‘The Cosmonaut ”) by Ibolca Films and Pok Production, which owns the adaptation rights to the books “The Princess of Kapurthala” and “The Dream of the Maharani”, written by Elisa Va?zquez de Gey.

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Besides the love story, the movie will follow the popularity of the princess. She appeared on newspaper and magazine covers and was heavily involved in social causes. “The protagonist has all the ingredients to connect with the audience: beauty, youth, intelligence, along with glamor and a luxurious life. She helped soldiers who fought in World War I, traveled to the [war] front in France and built hospitals there. She also tried to stop the marriages of underage Indian girls and set up a fund to support widows, among other things,” said Casado.

With part of the funding (from private investors, soft money from Spain’s Ministry of Culture and a contribution from the producers themselves), Asado said: “If we close a good co-production with India during the Film Bazaar, we hope to start in early 2023 to begin pre-production. Radford, screenwriter Charlotte Radford and co-director Estudillo have been working on the script for the past two years and have brought it to a very advanced stage.”

Pok Production co-producer Davide Cottarelli and founder of Varcale Capital Management said most of the multilingual trilogy will be shot in India, along with location shooting in Malaga (where Anita Delgado was born), Madrid, Paris and London.

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