After working together in Elizabeth- The Golden Age, music maestro A R Rahman and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, have once again joined hands for Kapur's first ever short film Passage.
A special screening of the film was held over the weekend on the island of La Giudecca. The charming I Granai della Republica was transformed into a magical space that played host to a soiree of glamorous stars. Shekhar Kapur, A R Rahman, Haley Bennett and Nadja Swarovski were among the celebrities who were seen enjoying Venetian cocktails and canapÃ©s.
The guests who viewed Passage at a private screening of the short film, were enthralled by a live orchestral performance by India's Kavita Baliga who sang a number from the soundtrack composed by the Academy Award Winner.
Passage, directed by Kapur and produced by Curious Pictures Production and Swarovski Entertainment, stars Julia Stiles (Cry Of The Owl, The Bourne Ultimatum), Lily Cole and Haley Benett (Marley and Me, Music and Lyrics). The film revolves around the lives of three young women. Together with A R Rahman's score, Kapur's graceful images merge into a highly emotional and enigmatic passage that leads from despair and loss to reconciliation. The camera itself acts as a kaleidoscope exploring a non-linear time-frame leaving it ultimately for the viewer to interpret the meaning of the enchanting and dream-like film.