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‘Vadakkan’ Makes Historic Debut at Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film Fantastic Pavilion

Cannes, France, May 20, 2024 — Malayalam film ‘Vadakkan’, has earned a coveted spot at the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Marché du Film Fantastic Pavilion. Produced by Offbeet Studios and Directed by Sajeed A, starring Kishore and Shruthy Menon, the film marks a significant milestone as the only Malayalam film to be featured as one of the seven gala screenings of the event.


‘Vadakkan’ takes audiences on an immersive journey into the mesmerizing Vadakkan Universe, weaving together supernatural elements and ancient North Malabar folklore. With a world-class crew including Resul Pookutty, Kieko Nakahara, Bijibal, and Unni R, Vadakkan promises to captivate viewers with its unique storytelling and visualization.


The Marché du Film is the epicenter of industry networking and film sales during the Cannes Film Festival. As part of the Fantastic Pavilion, ‘Vadakkan’ is being showcased with other innovative and genre-defying projects, offering filmmakers and industry professionals a significant glimpse into the genre film world.


Pablo Guisa, Executive Director, Fantastic Pavilion, Cannes Marche Du Films said “It’s an absolute delight to host ‘Vadakkan’ as one of our seven gala screenings. Film with its unique blend of mystery, ancient lore, and supernatural elements which have been shot at global standards will be an experience like no other. Vadakkan has a gripping narrative with a very unique story telling format and production showcasing the strength of Indian cinema in the global genre cinema space. We have been impressed with director’s and producer’s vision to put together a world class cast and crew to bring the franchise of “Vadakkan” alive for the audiences.” 


Jaideep Singh, Founder of Offbeet Media Group and Producer of the film, emphasized ‘Vadakkan”s role in redefining Indian cinema with its fusion of local narratives and global sensibilities. He stated, “With ‘Vadakkan’, our aim is to redefine Indian cinema by seamlessly blending hyperlocal narratives with global sensibilities supported by the world-class cast and crew. Presentation at the Fantastic Pavilion is a huge step for us. ‘Vadakkan’ more than just a supernatural thriller; it’s a homage to our rich cultural heritage which has massive potential to travel across the globe.”


Following its Cannes debut, ‘Vadakkan’ is poised to reach audiences worldwide with plans for dubbing in Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu, as well as releases in other regional languages. Vadakkan also would be entering other major festivals over the next few months.

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