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Woman story on Cannes screen

Durba Sahay has got through the “Short Film Corner” of the Cannes Film Festival for the third consecutive year with her feature The Mechanic.

To be screened at the prestigious festival between May 15 and 26, The Mechanic was shown at the Renaissance Dayanand-Sushila cultural centre in Gaya on Sunday evening. At a time when rape, molestation and eve-teasing have become a regular feature, Durba’s 33-minute short feature film depicts the innocence of a teenaged girl threatened by an older man.

Later in life, the girl comes before her harasser again and realises she cannot remain a victim to fear.

Durba looks forward to visiting the 66th Cannes Film Festival with The Mechanic. Short Film Corner is not a part of the Cannes Film Festival competitive category but a meeting ground for artistes and filmmakers to exchange ideas and promote films.

This won’t be the first time she would visit Cannes though. She had visited the 65th Cannes festival with her 22-minute short film, An Unknown Guest, again in the Short Film Corner category. The previous year, her 20-minute short film The Pen — also her directorial debut — was selected for the same category.

She told The Telegraph: “Different pavilions are set up at Short Film Corner for different countries. We get a chance to interact with different filmmakers. Once you are there, you feel a lot is yet to be done in the field of filmmaking.”

The Mechanic, she said, is the story of a girl who is stalked by an older man on a bicycle. Years later, a mechanic comes to their house to fix the refrigerator and the girl, now a woman, realises it is the same man who used to stalk her.

Durba, who is married to litterateur Sanjay Sahay, said: “I intend to make a full-length feature film that sends across a message to society.”


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