September is the month when on one hand are the cultural festivals and on the other hand come a host of film festivals in India and Jagran Film Festival is always the first to start the season.
This year Jagran is reaching Mumbai after its three month run in 15 other cities of India. Opening with Standing Tall the festival will hold two screenings of the much talked about film amidst prominent Indian, international feature and short films.
“Beginning with a film like ‘Standing Tall’ is a beginning on the right note” opines Manoj Srivastava, Strategic Consultant of the Festival.
Directed by actress Emmanuelle Bercot who won the Best actress award this year at Cannes Film Festival, Standing Tall narrates the story of a six year old Malony, abandoned by his mother who is constantly in and out of juvenile court. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence, a children’s magistrate nearing retirement, and Yann, a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him.
Malony is sent to an educational center, where he meets Tess, a very special young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope.
The film also stars Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier and is produced by François Kraus & Denis Pineu-Valencienne.
Standing Tall is an exemplary cinematic exploration by Emmanuelle Bercot who has also written the screenplay of the film along with Marcia Romano. The film is due for release in Italy on 15 October 2015 after its screening in India.