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Cannes, May 17 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai and London based boutique studio, Flick the Switch, today announced its tie-up with Swiss production company Louise Productions for a new Black comedy set in India, entitled The Hermit.

Written and directed by Kumal Musale, The Hermit is a black comedy of human greed with a zest of eco terrorism.

The story follows a woman of Indian origin and her hostile English husband as they go to India to claim her inheritance, and are confronted with a dangerous and crazy white hermit who claims to have equal rights to live on their property. These three people, trapped by their own basest natures come unhinged in the Indian jungle, with darkly comic results.

Founded in 1996, Louise Productions develops and produces documentaries and feature films for television and theatre. L’escale, its latest feature documentary has been selected at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, in the Director’s fortnight. Its previous documentary production, Hiver Nomade, premiered  at the Berlinale in 2012, was invited by numerous festivals, won the European Film Award 2012 for Best Documentary, the Swiss Film Award 2013 for best picture, the Special Academy Award for the film's editing and was nominated for best documentary.

The Hermit is Louise Productions’ first venture into feature films. Heinz Dill, producer, has been partnering with Kamal Musale, writer-director of The Hermit for the last 30 years.

Flick the Switch (FTS) is a unique ‘Boutique Studio’ created to develop and showcase the best Independent cinema that India has to offer, and also provides a one-stop shop for international investors, distributors and production houses looking to gain access to the vibrant, growing and exciting Indian market.

Headed by Sheena Morjaria, Flick the Switch capitalises on the cultural and demographic developments taking place both inside India and globally. While films originating in Bollywood have not yet appreciated this shift, Flick the Switch recognises these changes and aims to promote and develop this rapidly changing and growing independent film industry in India.

Morjaria, takes on the role of Executive Producer for The Hermit and will be attending the Cannes Film festival with a view to securing a UK co-producer for the project, which has already secured 50% of its funding from the Swiss Ministry of Culture.

Morjaria comments: “In recent years, there has been a marked interest from audiences in films that explore different cultures and cities. India has always been a favourite with a select number of film-makers, and it is increasingly becoming a desirable, fascinating and exotic backdrop for good storytelling. The Hermit is a perfect example of a film that will cross cultural and territorial boundaries, in the same way that films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have done. I’m looking forward to working with Heinz and Elisabeth at Louise Productions. They have great credentials, years of experience and a vast portfolio.”