Two films inspired by missing Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 are being touted to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, barely two months after the plane vanished with 239 people on board.
Potential buyers will get a sneak preview of A Dark Reflection by Fact Not Fiction Films at a “screening” on Monday, according to a full-page advertisement in industry trade journal The Hollywood Reporter.
“What Happened on Flight 313?” reads the advertisement which appeared on Sunday and shows a woman silhouetted at the end of a runway.
The runway lights glow behind her while overhead a passenger jet looms in the darkness lit by two harsh white lights.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8.
Air and sea searches over vast stretches of the Indian Ocean have failed to find any sign of the plane.
Meanwhile, a half-page advertisement in the Reporter’s Cannes edition on Thursday publicised another similar film.
The advertisement for The Vanishing Act features a plane rising out of the clouds under the caption “The untold story of the missing Malaysian plane”.
A 90-second teaser trailer showing terrified passengers and a gun being brandished is shot over six days in Bombay, Variety says.
It is being promoted by Indian film director Rupesh Paul, the man behind erotic movie Kamasutra 3D, and was presented to buyers in Cannes on Saturday.
Paul, who denies the film is insensitive so soon after the disappearance, says he began work on the project after being contacted by a Malaysian journalist who said he had a theory about what had happened.
He then spent 20 days working on a screenplay using the journalist’s idea for the ending, the report added.
The filmmaker says he is confident he can make the movie work even if the wreckage of the plane is found.
People had suggested to him that his investment would be wasted if the plane was found and the explanation put forward by his film turned out to be incorrect, he says.
“That’s the biggest challenge I’m facing…. Everyone in the world, they want to know what happened,” he was quoted as saying.
In addition to being the world’s biggest film festival, Cannes is also a huge film market and each year attracts over 10,000 buyers and sellers from around the world.
It was not known whether the “screening” of A Dark Reflection would be of a full or part-completed film, or another trailer.
MH370 has been missing ever since it mysteriously diverted from its Kuala Lumpur-Beijing route.
It is believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast.
– with AFP