The rights were acquired at the recently concluded Busan International Film Festival where the film was world-premiered in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section.
The Bengali film is slated for screening at the Mumbai Film Festival 2012 under the India Gold section next.
Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights, produced by Arindam Ghosh and directed by Suman Ghosh, is based on a true story of a pensioner who wants the street lights switched off during the day to save waste.
The Global Lens film series, launched in 2003 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world, makes these films available through theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, television, educational and airline markets in the United States and Canada.
Suman Ghosh’s last film Nobel Thief was also screened at Busan and Mumbai Film Festival in 2011.