London:I Am Kalam director Nila Madhab Panda's second film Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid, which deals with the issue of female foeticide, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival market section.
After the screening, the adventure thriller was lauded with a standing ovation by the buyers and audience from around the world.
"My new film could not be completed in time, so I could not send it for official selection in Cannes. We brought it to the market and got a fantastic response here. Got invite from many festivals. Indian children cinema has now lot of interest in foreign market," Panda said in a statement.
The story revolves around the adventures and misadventures of borther-sister duo Shreya and Sam from the city, who visit their fathers village which is bereft of water and women.
The film takes an interesting turn when the children turn the dull village into a land of enchantment and mischief.
The film stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Varun Badola, Parvin Dabas, Lehar Khan, Krishang Trivedi, Suhasini Mulay and others.