Multitalented actor and director, Usman Mukhtar will be making his Cannes debut, as confirmed by Mukhtar himself.
The Sabaat actor took to Instagram to share that his short film with actor Rubya Chaudhry has been shortlisted for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival.
“With great humility, joy and pride do we announce that Bench has been selected at the first Cannes International Independent Film Festival – CIIFF,” wrote Mukhtar, expressing his joy at the selection.
He went on to add more to his post, writing, “We strive for the love of art and cinema and hope to reach new heights. We will continue making more films and also make it to the one and only Cannes Film Festival one day.”
Chaudhry also expressed gratitude on Instagram, writing, “A big thanks is in order to everyone that watched it and showed so much love and appreciation.”
The film sees two people, already at difficult crossroads of their respective lives, come across one another. It is written by Ali Mudar and directed by Mukhtar.
Talking to The Express Tribune back in June, Mukhtar shared that the “film is about two people who meet on a bench. It's a dialogue based film which takes very interesting twist and turns.”
Back then, the film had already been selected at the Independent Short Awards Los Angeles, 3rd South Asian Film Festival Kolkata, Prisma Awards in Rome and South Asian Film Festival Toronto. CIIFF is just another feather in the cap for it.
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