From:  "Lopa Tasneem"
Date:  Wed May 29, 2002 12:48 pm
Subject: 'Matir Moyna' gets standing ovation



-Via E-mail (Personal correspondent) Cannes, France


Last Thursday May 16th, the Directors' Fortnight section of the world renowned Cannes Film Festival opened with "Matir Moina".

Marie-Perez Macia, the Fortnight Director, called director Tareque Masud, producer Catherine Masud, artists Jayanto Chattopadhyay and Rokeya Prachy, and Marin Karmitz, chief of the French distribution company MK2, to the stage. Macia, who wore an urna and salwar kamise in honor of the occasion, gave the official opening address in French and English. Rokeya Prachy announced the opening of the festival in Bengali, which was followed by thunderous applause. At the end of the screening, there was an emotional ovation from the audience. Andience members embraced the artists with warm and tearful reactions.

In response to public demand, three special additional screenings have been organized by the Festival, two on May 18th at 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM, and one on May 19th at 7:30 PM.

On May 17th MK2's commercial release of the film was launched in cinema halls in Paris, in conjunction with a nationwide release of the film through major French distributors UGC and Gaumont.

Courtesy: Drishtipat

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