Italian filmmaker Marco Amenta whose Sicilian Girl was screened at the International Film Festival of India, is all set to shoot his next film Banker to the Poor, based on the inspiring story of Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, in India next year.
The filmmaker plans to begin shooting next year in India, Bangladesh and the US and is on the look out for good Indian actors. He is in talks with Irrfan Khan for the main role but says things are yet to be finalized.
"After Goa, I will go to Mumbai. I wanted to know the country before shooting here. 90 per cent of the film will be shot here. I am also looking forward to cast some good Indian actors. I already have Irrfan Khan in mind. Let us see what happens," Amenta told PTI.
It is Amenta's first visit to India and the filmmaker is already looking for co-production deals though he has already worked out the major financing for the movie, which will be a co-production with his company, Euro Films, Germany and France.
Amenta has also locked the script, which is based on Yunus's book of the same name. He co-wrote the script with Sergio Donati of Once Upon a Time in the West fame. The filmmaker has already been awarded by Robert Di Niro at the Tribeca film festival for the script.
"In 2002, I came upon this book in a book store and I was fascinated by Yunus's story. I decided to make a film then and there only. Yunus was yet to get Nobel prize for his efforts for Grameen bank at that time but for me it is an epic and inspiring story and very important when the economies around the world are crashing," said the filmmaker.
Amenta feels that Yunus's work, to teach dignity to the poorest of the poor, is a universal story and very important in today's world.
"Today when we see the Wall Street crashing and the whole economic meltdown we realize that the whole banking system has become a giant monster operating on its own. Somewhere it forgot its main duty that was to help poor people, who get nothing out of it because they can't offer any guarantee," said Amenta.
His film will focus on Yunus's initial struggle to establish the micro-financing system in Bangladesh and will be an international release in English and some Bengali. He says that there is lot of international interest in his film and US distributors have also shown interest in the movie.
"It is a true story of a man who chose to fight for his dreams. Initially people laughed at him but he brought a major change. His story should be known to many people and that's what I plan to do through this film," said Amenta.
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