French distinction conferred on Anurag Kashyap at Cannes
French distinction “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” conferred on Anurag Kashyap at Cannes on 20th May 2013.
- French Minister of Culture, Ms Aurélie Filippetti conferred the award of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on filmmaker and producer Anurag Kashyap on 20th May 2013
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India is the guest country at the ongoing 66th Cannes Film Festival (15th to 26th May, 2013). The guest country selection coincides with the centennial of Indian cinema, during which Cannes is screening a large number of films and welcoming delegates from India to celebrate the centenary. To mark the occasion, Amitabh Bachchan walked the red carpet for the opening film “The Great Gatsby” and Vidya Balan is a jury member.
To honour the Indian film industry, the French Minister of Culture, Ms Aurélie Filippetti conferred the award of “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on filmmaker and producer Anurag Kashyap at a ceremony during the Cannes Film Festival on 20th May 2013.
“Last year, at the Cannes Film Festival, his film “Gangs of Wasseypur” (complete version) received a standing ovation when it was premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight. This film was distributed commercially in France a few months back and received plaudits from the French public and press. France has a tradition of supporting artists from all over the world. Bestowing the insignia of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters on Mr Anurag Kashyap, is a recognition of his artistic talent and career, and his notable efforts for the promotion of Indian cinema in the world,” said François Richier, Ambassador of France to India.
This year, four films produced and/or directed by Anurag Kashyap have been selected at the Cannes Film Festival:
“Bombay Talkies”: Official Selection (Special screening)
“Monsoon Shootout”: Official Selection (Out of Competition)
“Lunchbox”: Critics’ Week
“Ugly”: Directors’ Fortnight
The French government distinction Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) is conferred on “persons who have distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of art, culture and literature or for their contribution to the influence of arts in France and throughout the world.”
Some noted Indian recipients of this honour in the past include: Sivaji Ganesan, Lata Mangeshkar, Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Raghu Rai, Ebrahim Alkazi, the late Habib Tanveer, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Shaji N. Karun and Subodh Gupta.