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Published: Monday May 19, 2014 MYT 1:20:00 PM
Updated: Monday May 19, 2014 MYT 1:46:06 PM

Films inspired by MH370 emerge at Cannes

Special previews and screenings of the films are being shown at the film festival to potential buyers.

Two films inspired by the 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” today, according to a full page advertisement in industry trade journal The Hollywood Reporter

What Happened On Flight 313? reads the advertisement which appeared last weekend 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. (On the A Dark Reflection official website, the director's note states that the project began in January 2013.)

Meanwhile, a half-page advertisement in the The Hollywood Reporter’s Cannes edition last week publicised another similar film.

The advertisement for The Vanishing Act featured 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 was shot over six days in Bombay, Variety said in a report.

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 denied the film was insensitive so soon after the disappearance, said 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 said he was confident he could make the movie work even if the wreckage of the plane was 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 said.

“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 in March. It is believed to have crashed into the sea far off Australia’s west coast.

Australia, which is leading the hunt in the ocean far off its west coast, has said it believes it is looking in the right area based on satellite communications from the plane. — AFP

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Cannes, Movies, Films, MH370, Malaysia Airlines

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