KARACHI: Only a few days are left before the red carpet for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is rolled out this year. With movies from across the globe being showcased at the event, one of the major films to be screened at the festival is an Irish-Pakistani collaborative production Tiger Tiger.
The short film which has been directed by Donnagh Fitzpatrick has been jointly produced by Nabhan Karim of Pakistan through his production company Wormhole Productions. Although Karim’s company joined the project at a later stage, he shared what actually excited him about the project. “At that point it was just a rough cut but the story was very interesting, so I got attached to it and wanted to help finish it,” Karim told The Express Tribune.
Karim shared how the submission process was actually like a race against time for the whole production team. “The deadline was coming close so we decided to submit it. We didn’t know whether it would get there or not but we had nothing to lose. We ended up getting selected for the Short Film Corner which was great and now we can claim that we will have our world premiere at Cannes.”
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Even though the film will be screened at the festival in France, Karim will not be able to attend the event since he is already working on another film which is going to be shot in Scotland.
Praising his production partners Wormhole Productions, director Donnagh Fitzpatrick said, “It was great having them on board as they helped us complete the film in time for the festival.” Tiger Tiger tells the story of an unnamed protagonist who asks his bartender friend, Rickman, to help him dispose of a body. Things eventually take a turn for the worse when Rickman claims to having never met the protagonist before.
Tiger Tiger is not the only Pakistani short film that is going to be screened at the festival as Jamil Dehlavi’s Blood Money is our second entry in the section.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2016.
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