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FUNNY BOY is the highly-anticipated dramatic feature from Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta. Widely known for her trilogy films, Fire (1996), Earth (1998) and Water (2005), Mehta’s latest film is based on the best-selling Canadian novel by Shyam Selvadurai. Mehta co-wrote the screenplay with Selvadurai, with David Hamilton producing. Three-time Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore created the film score.

Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970’s and 80’s, FUNNY BOY explores the awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie (portrayed by Arush Nand and Brandon Ingram). As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, a young boy comes of age in a society and family that doesn’t embrace difference outside of societal norms. The film chronicles Arjie’s struggle to find balance and self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding.

The film has been selected to represent Canada at the Academy Awards in the International Feature category. Ava DuVernay’s distribution company Array acquired FUNNY BOY and will be releasing it on Netflix internationally on December 10.

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David Hamilton