Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox sells like hotcakes in international market [fr]
Ritesh Batra’s Dabba (Lunchbox) is selling like hotcakes in the international market. According to a Screen International report, the film has already been sold in 20 territories across the globe. It was already pre-sold to five countries. Major international sales include Artificial Eye (UK) and Happiness (France).
The film has been sold to North America, France, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Baltic, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Central America, Brazil and Ex-Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
The film had been pre-sold to Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Sony Picture Classics has bought the North American rights of the film.
German sales agent Match Factory represents the film.
Dabba (Lunchbox) was screened in Cannes in the Critics’ Week sidebar. It won the Rail d’Or viewers’ Choice award, an independent award given by rail employee film enthusiasts.
Batra’s Dabba features Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, both known as the international faces of Indian cinema, and is produced by Sikhya Entertainment (India) and DAR Motion Pictures (India) and co-produced by National Film Development Corporation (India), ASAP Films (France) and Rohfilm (Germany). Lunchbox is the first official co-production between India and France. The film has received the financial support of the French Governement (World Cinema Support) and is coproduced by Arte France Cinéma.
Dabba revolves around Mumbai’s dabbawallahs/lunch box delivery men. It is the story about two people living in their own private prisons until a chance encounter helps them to create a fantasy world together, and gradually the fantasy overwhelms their reality.