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‘Dream’ hops to Canada in flying colours

Suresh Krishnamoorthy
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The film has been selected for the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Fest

STEP BY STEP:Director Bhavani Shankar explains a scene to the cast of ‘Dream’ that has been chosen for the Royal Reel Award.–Photo: By arrangement
STEP BY STEP:Director Bhavani Shankar explains a scene to the cast of ‘Dream’ that has been chosen for the Royal Reel Award.–Photo: By arrangement

A film that did not move the BO, but which drew critical acclaim when it hit screens last year, ‘Dream’, starring Rajendra Prasad, has drawn international spotlight.

The film has been selected for the Royal Reel Award at the 2013 Canada International Film Festival (CIFF) to be held in Vancouver on April 5 and 6.

Medical thriller

Directed by K. Bhavani Shankar, the medical thriller’s story revolves around a retired Army officer who lives in a gated community, spending time playing war video games. He suffers from ‘hypnagogia’, a rare medical disorder that makes the hero dream and also firmly believe that all his dreams are real.

Announcing the honour, Mr. Bhavani Shankar said that he had received a communication to this effect from William Young, Festival Director, CIFF.

Dream come true

The young director, who spent a while in the US a few years ago working in the pharma industry, is thrilled that his dream has turned into reality. “I am thrilled at being invited to such a prestigious event, and it is an honour that my film will be screened before an international audience comprising the best of film makers and film lovers, critics, et al,” he said.

When contacted, Mr. Rajendra Prasad told The Hindu that he was bolstered with the satisfaction of having worked in an award-winning film in a unique genre. “Knowing that ‘Dream’ was selected from the best of 1,000 films from 30 countries and is among the top 10 in the category, is very satisfying. This honour will spur me to work more and experiment with different genres,” he said.


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