Director Deepa Mehta’s next feature Funny Boy has been acquired by Hollywood filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY. Funny Boy is an adaptation of author Shyam Selvadurai’s 1994 novel of the same name. The will is set to be released in select cities and also debut on streamer Netflix on December 10, reported Deadline.
While the film explores the sexual awakening of its young protagonist Arjie. The film is set in Sri Lanka during the 1970s and 1980s. It also highlights the political tensions escalating to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, the young boy comes of age in a society and family that doesn’t embrace difference outside of societal norms.
The film shows the protagonist’s struggle to find a balance between self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding. The film is about the “power of love” said the maker of the critically-lauded trilogy Earth, Fire and Water.
She added, “In many ways, Funny Boy reflects the times of divisiveness we are living in today, where the call for a just society, a call for humanity is finally being heard. Having ARRAY Releasing by our side feels like Funny Boy has found not only a safe home during these tumultuous times but also a home that shimmers with hope for all who ARRAY welcomes in.”
DuVernay and ARRAY President Tilane Jones released a joint statement and said Funny Boy as a “cinematic gem”.They added, “Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy builds upon the iconic filmmaker’s provocative canon of work as a film that is beautiful to the eye and emotional for the heart. Her singular vision for adapting this best-selling novel invites film lovers to delve deep into themes of identity, acceptance and family, while she shares the majesty and turmoil of Sri Lanka during this particular time in history.”
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