Indian films expected to hog spotlight as 75th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today

Indian films are expected to be in the spotlight as the 75th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today | Entertainment news

NEW DELHI: The curtains are set to rise Tuesday night at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, the first full-person version of the event in three years, with the screening of Michel Hazanivicius’ French zombie comedy. Final cut.

India, the country of honor at the 2022 Marche du Film (Cannes Film Market), celebrates its 75th anniversary as an independent country with a package of six films shown at the market. The film includes director R. Madhavan’s debut, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, slated for release in early July.

The other five films selected by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are Nikhil Mahajan’s Marathi films ‘Godavari’, ‘Alpha Beta Gamma’ by Shankar Srikumar, ‘Bumba Raid’ by Biswajit Pura, ‘Dwayne’ by Ashal Mishra, and ‘A Whole Tree of Jayraj’. parrots. All of these things will be shown on a screen at the Marche du Film.

However, at the festival itself, India’s attendance is marginal at best. The Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary of world cinema by Chunak Sen’s All Those Breaths, the short film by Pratham Khurana in Le Senev (a competition for film schools) and juror Deepika Padukone are the only official entrants this year to the world’s premiere film festival.

On the sidelines of the festival, a group of new Indian film projects will look for global breakthroughs through the promotion and mentoring sessions organized as part of the Cannes Film Festival or Marche du Film.

This group is led by Starfruits by FTII student Gaurab Kumar Mollic, produced by Arbhaat Films directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, and films by Samir Sarkar Magic Aur and fellow FTII alumnus Yudhajit Basu. It is among nine feature films and one documentary shortlisted for La Fabrique les cinemas du monde, a program hosted by the Institut Fran├žais as part of the Cannes Film Festival.

In the words of the director himself, “Starfruits” seeks to present a contrast to the typical image of a gangster who fights the system through a unique love story.

The ten filmmakers for La Fabrique 2022 will be directed by Midi Z, a Myanmar-born Taiwanese director whose credits include “Ice Poison”, “The Road to Mandalay” and “Nina Wu”.

In the mix of La Fabrique 2022 are two other projects in South Asia which are “Elephants in the Mist” by Abhinash Bikram Shah (Nepal) and Seemab Gul “System of Hope” (Pakistan). In an unprecedented double break, Shah is also presenting a 14-minute short film at the Cannes Short Film Competition “Laurie (Sorrowful Mom’s Lullabies)”.

Another Hindi film likely to be in the news in the coming months is Rajesh S. Gala’s “Chingari” (Spark), which the director himself produced with Inquilab Studios in Prayas Dipty. It is one of five projects from around the world selected by the Hong Kong Asia Film Funding Forum for the HAF Goes to Cannes programme.

The short synopsis of “Chingari” reads: He follows a film director on a crematorium mission and an old lady in the ancient city of Banaras with his camera. The hidden facts soon come to light and the true mission of the film maker is revealed.

Among Gala’s most famous films is the world-famous 2008 documentary Children of the Holocaust, which was shot in the largest crematorium in Banaras on the banks of the Ganga.

The NFDC Film Bazaar Goes to Cannes collection includes five works in progress in various stages of production. This is the Assamese “Bahajjan” Moran directed by Jaecheng Zaksai Dohutia; “Bailadila”, an Indian film of Chhattisgarhi directed by Shailendra Sahu; “Ek Jagah Abni” from the Aktara Collection; Harshad Nalawad Marathi-Kannada-Hindi movie “Followers” and Jay Shankar Kannada movie “Shivama”.

So, while India will continue to play a small role in the festival, filmmakers from all over the country can expect plenty of excitement at the Cannes Film Market.

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