Lara, who is also a journalist, said that the sole objective of cinema is to make people learn and understand the world around them in a better way. His film Heritage Perdu (Lost Heritage) was screened.
Speaking at a press conference at IFFI-2010 Media Centre, Lara, who is making films in French, said that there is no film industry in his country and there is no infrastructure to produce films, no facilities of studios, laboratories and related requirements.
Lead actress of Lara’s upcoming film Emoticon Lock Mi Kwan was also present and doubled up as French-English translator at the press conference.
Lara, a historian and journalist turned film maker, remarked that every film is an adventure and determination helps to see impossible tasks get accomplished. He also informed that he has plans to shoot for his upcoming film in India. He said he looks forward to work with Indian actors and actresses and revealed his fascination to cast famous Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit for his film. He expressed his desire to strengthen the bond between Guade Loupe and India through filmmaking.
Heritage Perdu is the film, which is a story of Pierre Mombin, native of Guade Loupe receiving a recorded letter from Africa, asking him to come over and visit his unknown family. He realizes that he was the last male descendent of the royal family and that he was expected to reign Facing Dalice, the beautiful Princess, facing the danger that threatens the Kingdom. Facing this age old curse, Pierre is the only one able to change the destiny. Is Pierre going to accept this African heritage? Or else will a new “Lost Heritage” be discovered? is what the film deals with.
Christian Lara, born in Basse Terre, Guade Loupe has released as many as 20 feature films including a few for television. Since his debut in 1975 with Jeu de James he has directed films like Coco-la-Fleur, Bitter Sugar, 1802 Freedom Now and the Senegalese-Tunisian co-production Black. Lara’s newest film, Emoticon, about an unlikely relationship between a young Chinese girl and a terminally ill 70 year old Provence based painter, is due in 2011.