Cannes 2014

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Article first published by Institut Français en Inde  : The 67th edition of Festival of Cannes is poised to take place between 14th to 25th May in the French Riviera : the movie Grace of Monaco will open the festival where this year, the indian selection presents two movies. 

The French director Olivier Dahan’s film ‘Grace of Monaco‘ is set to be the preliminary film to inaugurate the 67th ‘Festival de Cannes’. The world preview of this film is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014 at the ‘Grand Théâtre Lumière’ of the Palais des Festivals, in the official selection category, Out of Competition. ‘Grace of Monaco‘ ensues from ‘The Great Gatsby’ by Baz Luhrmann. The film portrays a period from the life of the renowned American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who later becomes Princess Grace of Monaco when she marries Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956. This was hailed to be “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, Grace was already a huge film star who had worked with the very greatest John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Fred Zinnemann and was famed and admired the world over. Six years later, amid sporadic difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was re-invited by Alfred Hitchcock to return to Hollywood, to play a role in his new film ‘Marnie‘. During that time, France was threatening to tax and was on the verge of taking control of the tiny principality of Monaco, whose monarch Kelly had by then, already become. Was she still an actress? Was she really a Princess of Monaco? Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra, YRF Entertainment production and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, ‘Grace de Monaco‘ sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier.

Born in 1967 in La Ciotat, Olivier Dahan had previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007), where Marion Cotillard deservedly secured an Oscar for the Best Actress in the year 2008. ‘Grace of Monaco will be released on the opening day of the Festival, Wednesday 14 May, in France and in several cities around the world.

Indian presence at Cannes 2014


Titli - Kanu Behl

Kanu Behl’s debut feature ‘Titli’ has been selected for ‘Un Certain Regard’ category of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, ‘Titli’ features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial as well as a newcomer Shashank Arora in lead roles.  The film had created a buzz when it won the DI Award for the Best Work-in-Progress Lab Project at the NFDC Film Bazaar last year. It was formerly part of the Screenwriters’ Lab in 2012.

The official synopsis : “In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopian underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking factional group, plots a desperate bid to break away from the ‘family business’. His struggle to do so is countered, at each stage, by his indignant brothers, who finally try to marry him off to ‘settle’ him. Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, although she herself is caught in her own web of warped realities and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange yet beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots. But is escape, the same as freedom?”
Kanu Behl has assisted Dibakar Banerjee on ‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’ and has co-written ‘Love Sex aur Dhokha’ with him. He is an alumnus of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. ‘Un Certain Regard‘ is part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Ashim Ahluwalia’s ‘Miss Lovely’ and Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘Udaan’ are the two Indian films that have been screened in this section in 2012 and 2010 respectively.

Gitanjali Rao returns to the Cannes Critics Week with “True Love Story”
Mumbai-based animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao returns to the Cannes Critics Week with her short film ‘True Love Story’. In 2006, her film ‘Printed Rainbow’ had won three awards in the same section. Rao was later invited on the short film jury of the Critics Week in 2011. Her new short animation film ‘True Love Story’ competes with nine other films from all over the world. ‘True Love Story’ was premiered at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) earlier this year, where it won the ‘Golden Conch‘, an award for the best animation film. This 18 minute film, set in the streets of Mumbai explores as to what happens when the ultimate Bollywood fantasy is applied in reality and gives a glimpse into the compelling influence that Bollywood has on actual life in Mumbai, related through puppet animations. Rao’s ‘Printed Rainbow’ had won the Kodak Discovery Award as well as the  Young Critics Award for the best short film at the Critics Week, apart from also winning the Rail d’Or, an audience award.


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