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8 Indian Films To Screen At 77th Film Festival

Mumbai: 11/5/24:The 77th Cannes Film Festival is around the corner and fans are excited knowing that this time Indians have made a great presence at the biggest festival of the year. Indian cinema has proved their groundbreaking storylines are worth the great achievement. Until now, we only got to know that one of the Indian films is officially competing for the most prestigious Palme d’Or award. Another revelation claims one Indian film has officially been selected to screen under the Un Certain Regard category. Let us explore more Indian films that will be getting a screening at Cannes 2024.
1-All We Imagine As Light 

Category:  Palme d’Or Main competition

Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s `All We Imagine as Light` scripted history by becoming the first Indian title in 30 years since `Swaham` (1994)to feature in the prestigious Competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will vie for the top prize Palme d’Or. The movie is an Indo-France co-production about two Kerala nurses working in a Mumbai nursing home. The film stars Kani Kusruti and Divya Prabha.  Kapadia’s project will be presented alongside 19 anticipated titles, including films from master directors, Francis Ford Coppola and Yorgos Lanthimos.

Indian Films To Screen At Cannes 2024

2-sister Midnight

Category: Directors Fortnight category 

Karan Kandhari`s Sister Midnight has been selected for the Director`s Fortnight category. Not much is known about the film, but its inclusion in the prestigious category speaks volumes of the quality of the film.

3-Santosh 

Category: Un Certain Regard 

British-Indian filmmaker Sandhya Suri’s Santosh will also be showcased at the 77th edition of the film gala. The movie will be screened under the Un Certain Regard section. The film delves into the lives of a family grappling with the aftermath of a tragic event. The film explores themes of grief, memory, and complexities of human relationships.

Indian Films To Screen At Cannes 2024

4-In Retreat

Category: ACID

Maisam Ali`s ‘In Retreat’ finds its place in the ACID section at Cannes. The film explores themes of belonging and home, as a man returns to his hometown after many years and undergoes a one-night pilgrimage

5-The Shameless

Category: Un Certain Regard 

Auroshikha Dey, who portrayed Jhalkari Bai in The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019), is thrilled to take her next, The Shameless, to the prestigious film festival. Bulgarian-American director Konstantin Bojanov’s film will première in the Uncertain Regard section.

The Shameless tells the story of a young woman, essayed by Anasuya Sengupta, who escapes from a brothel in Delhi and seeks refuge in a community of sex workers. Dey recalls landing the role of the fiery Durva after a screen test. “Bojanov sir appreciated my audition, which led to my casting. Durva is confrontational and focused on securing her day-to-day livelihood. Bojanov sir meticulously outlined the character sketch. We also had workshops that helped me define the character’s tone,” she recalls.

6-Manthan 

Shyam Benegal`s 1976 masterpiece was restored and will be screened at the festival. This iconic film, which explores India`s ‘White Revolution,’ has been meticulously restored, allowing a new generation to experience its timeless storytelling and cultural significance.

This will mark the third year in a row that Film Heritage Foundation has presented a beautifully restored gem of India’s film heritage at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

It is remarkable that a film funded by 500,000 farmers who contributed Rs. 2/- each, was not only hugely successful but also created a movement that made India the world’s largest milk-producing nation in the world while breaking barriers of caste, class, and gender. This is the power of cinema at its best.

7-Sunflowers Were The First To Know 

Indian Films To Screen At Cannes 2024

Category: La Cinef

The short film was made by a group of students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune. The film was part of their year-end TV wing project. The film has been selected to compete in the La Cinef category at the festival in France. Mr. Chidanand Naik helmed the rural drama as director, with Suraj Thakur behind the camera, Manoj V on editing duty, Abhishek Kadam handling sound, and Pranav Khot taking care of production design. The film is going head-to-head with 17 other shorts for a shot at one of three La Cinef awards, set to be handed out at the Bunuel Theatre on May 23.

8. Kooki
Assam’s Hindi film Kooki is a 116-minute feature film. The movie revolves around a 16-year-old rape survivor whose dreamy future gets destroyed by the incident. She gets scared for a lifetime when the court’s verdict against the culprits does not make her feel being served justice.

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