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Indian Cinema, Abroad: Cannes

The movies which made India proud, at the Cannes Film Festival!

January 4, 2017

Arguably the biggest festival out there, Cannes is however much more than a simple film festival. While many Indian celebrities and films do make the annual trip to Cannes, they may not always be on merit.

To know Cannes, you have to first know how it works. Cannes has a board of Directors. Anyone can submit a film here, provided you fulfill the rules and regulations. Done? Now, this Board of Directors will decide where your film goes. If they like it, it goes in the Competition category, where a Board-appointed Jury (consisting of eminent personalities from the film world) judge and vote. If they think that the film is good, but not good enough, it goes to the Out of Competition category. And if they think that your work has something ‘original and different’, it goes to the Un Certain Regard category. If you have a short film, there is a separate category for it. Adding to this, there are many parallel events, such as a directors’ selection, and a special section for debut directorial features. Another thing which is done here is, that films are sold. Literally. The Marche du Film is the place where directors come with their films, and potential producers may pick it up. Basically, you screen here for a fee. That’s it.

In 2010,

Udaan (Director: Vikramaditya Motwane) [Hindi]



Screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

After being expelled from school, Rohan returns home to a strict father as well as a half-brother he was unaware of. He is forced to work at his father’s factory even though he wants to write.

Trailer: Here

In 2012,

Miss Lovely (Director: Ashim Ahluwalia) [Hindi]


Miss Lovely

Screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

A meeting with a struggling actress gives a mild-mannered filmmaker the idea to break away from his controlling brother and direct a feature of his own.

Trailer: Here

In 2013,

Monsoon Shootout (Director: Amit Kumar) [Hindi]


Monsoon Shootout

Screened in the Out of Competition category.

As heavy monsoon rains lash the badlands of Mumbai, Adi, a rookie cop out on his first assignment faces a life altering decision when he must decide whether to shoot or not to shoot. His decision takes him on a journey which pits him against a system that demands a compromise on his morals. Finally, however, Adi and we come to understand that every choice has its price.

Trailer: Here

In 2014,

Titli (Director: Kanu Behl) [Hindi]



Screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

When a young man attempts to escape the life of carjacking that his brothers have planned for him, he finds an unlikely ally in Neelu, the woman they’ve arranged for him to marry.

Trailer: Here

In 2015,

Masaan (Director: Neeraj Ghaywan) [Hindi]



Screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small-town.

Trailer: Here

Chauthi Koot (Director: Gurvinder Singh) [Punjabi]


Chauthi Koot

Screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

The Punjab. Mid 1980s. A train journey to Amritsar. A dog that barks. The dilemmas and fears of average people caught between the Indian Army and Sikh separatists.

Trailer: Here

In 2016,

The Cinema Travelers (Director: Amit Madheshiya & Shirley Abraham)


The Cinema Travelers

Screened in the Documentaries category.

Showmen riding cinema lorries have brought the wonder of the movies to faraway villages in India once every year. Seven decades on, as their cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, their patrons are lured by slick digital technology. A benevolent showman, a shrewd exhibitor and a maverick projector mechanic bear a beautiful burden – to keep the last traveling cinemas of the world running.

Trailer: Can’t find it 🙁


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