Assamese language short film Tez has been selected under the Short Film Corner section at the prestigious 69th Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) which will be held from May 11 to May 22 at Cannes, France. The film has been catalogued in the official ‘Short Film Catalog’ for this year’s selection in the Short Film Corner.
The film has also received official selection in the 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival and the 16th International Film Festival to be held in Jaipur from May 15.
Tez is directed by Bhaskar Upadhyaya and Prabhat Goswami. The story and script is written by Prabhat Goswami and the film is produced by Bhaskar Upadhyaya under the banner of Eastern Green Pictures. Chief assistant director of the film is Manas Sagra whereas Pranab Vivek is the technical director and Amiya Ranjan Das is the director of photography.
Tez is a short film based on a father who abandons his new born girl child in the want of a boy. The story is based on the backdrop of the 90’s era, when in certain societies a male child meant prosperity and an extra earning hand, and whereas the female child was looked down upon. The father associates the birth of a girl with unending responsibilities and liabilities. However, the world turns upside down for the father when he has his moment of realization.
Produced under the banner of Eastern Green Pictures, Tez stars Prastuti Parashar, Angurlata Deka and Giridhar Roy. Tarali Sarma is the music director of the film. Tez was shot in Guwahati and its outskirts. The film puts forward the message of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the Girl child, Educate the Girl child) in a very subtle yet cinematic way.
Talking about the film, Guwahati-based engineer-turned-filmmaker Bhaskar Upadhyay said, “Selection of Tez in film festivals like Cannes Film Festival, International Film Festival and Dada Saheb Phalke means the creative efforts and cinematic excellence and experience of Eastern Green Pictures is rewarded. EGP congratulates people of Assam and the northeast for this achievement”.