Indo-Latvian film Manny, starring Sonal Sehgal, to be premiered at Festival Internazionale Del Cinema Di Salerno

The event will be held virtually from 7 to 12 December owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

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The Indo-Latvia film Manny, starring Sonal Sehgal, will have its world premiere at the 74th Festival Internazionale Del Cinema Di Salerno in Italy where it will be showcased in the the international competition section. The event will be held virtually from 7 to 12 December because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Directed by Latvian director Dace Puce, Manny marks Sehgal’s debut as a producer as well. She stars opposite Russian actor Jurijs Dyakonovs and Latvian actor Darta Danevica in the sci-fi thriller.

The film, which was completed this January, follows a woman, played by Sehgal, who struggles with her identity as her life unfolds through three love interests — one real, one a figment of her imagination and one an AI.

The actress-producer was excited about the film’s online premiere. She said, “I am so grateful to the universe that our film is getting such a grand debut in Europe on such a prestigious platform. Of course the excitement would have been double if we could attend the festival in person. But due to COVID restrictions since Italy is on a second lockdown right now, this year the festival will screen films online.”

Director Puce said she was over the moon. "This film has been quite a journey for all of us. A co-production is not easy and that too, between two countries in two different continents. And then COVID hit the world and we had to find novel ways of doing the post-production completely online. Now it finally feels like our efforts have been rewarded,” she said.

Manny, co-produced by Marana Productions (Latvia), also features Russian, British, Latvian, French and Indian actors. The music for the film has been composed by Naresh Kamath.

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