Toronto, June (Medium): The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, is a comedy adventure by Quebec director Ken Scott (Starbuck, Delivery Man, Unfinished Business, La Grande Séduction), media reports said.
Starring well-known Indian actor Dhanush, and featuring Bérénice Béjo (The Artist), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Erin Moriarty (Blood Father), and Abel Jafri(Timbuktu). Rounding out the cast is Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, and Stefano Cassetti.
A co-production between France, India, and Belgium, the English-language feature will be distributed in Canada by A-Z films and released day-and-date with the US, India, and Canada on June 21.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir most recently won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Barcelona Sant-Jordi International Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the International Film Festival of South Asia, in Toronto.
The screenplay was written by author Romain Puértolas and Luc Bossi who is also producing through his Paris-based company Brio Films. Other co-producers include Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures, Impact Films, and Golden Ratio Films
A hustler from Mumbai embarks on an extraordinary voyage across Europe in search of his estranged father. During his trip, he finds love in a Swedish furniture store in Paris, but danger ensues when he finds trouble with Somalian migrants and he ends up in London. More threats follow the young man until he stumbles upon some fortune in Rome. An unlikely foe chases the hustler until he’s forced into an unlikely hot-air balloon escape. And it doesn’t just end there…
Adapted from Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
“This film is a universal story that is a joy ride for every member of the family,” says A-Z Film’s Antoine Zeind. “Director Ken Scott has done a remarkable job bringing together many parts of the world and mixing in plenty of emotion through laughs, storytelling, and social commentary. I know Canadians will be very taken by The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir and I’m excited to bring this adventure to them.”
Dhanush Film (The extraordinary journey of the Fakir) would be shown across Canada June 21 in the Cineplex Theatres at Toronto — Yonge-Dundas; Toronto — Winston Churchill; Winnipeg — Northgate; Edmonton — Movies 12; Vancouver — Riverport; Vancouver — SilverCity Mission.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)