67th Cannes Film Festival
"Grace of Monaco” by the French director Olivier Dahan is set to open the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The world preview will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. Grace of Monaco follows on from The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann.
The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really 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 previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007) which garnered Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress in 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. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, with the kind cooperation of Canal+.
Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, “Titli” features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora in lead roles.
The film had created buzz when it won the DI Award for the Best Work-in-Progress Lab Project at NFDC Film Bazaar last year. It was earlier part of the Screenwriters’ Lab in 2012.
The official synopsis : “In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him. Titli, finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, 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 co-wrote 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.
Her new short animation “True Love Story” competes with nine other films from all over the world.
“True Love Story”, premiered at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) earlier this year where it won Golden Conch, the award for best animation film. This 18 minute animation, set in the streets of Mumbai explores what happens when the ultimate Bollywood fantasy is applied in reality. It gives glimpse into the influence of Bollywood on real life in Mumbai, told through puppet animation.
Rao’s “Printed Rainbow” had won Kodak discovery award and young critics award for best short film at the Critics Week besides winning Rail d’Or, an audience award.
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