India, Guest Country at the 66th Cannes Film Festival
Delhi April 19th, 2013 : India is the guest country at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 15th to 26th May, 2013. The guest country selection coincides with the centennial of Indian cinema and Cannes will welcome a large number of Indian films and delegates to celebrate the anniversary.
Amitabh Bachchan will be on the French Riviera as part of the team of The Great Gatsby, which will open the Cannes Film Festival. He will be joined by director Baz Luhrmann, co-star Leonardo Di Caprio and rapper Jay-Z as the curtain goes up on this edition of the Cannes festival. France’s highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, was conferred upon Mr. Bachchan in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
Two Indian films, Bombay Talkies and Monsoon Shootout have been selected for the Official Selection (out of competition), for the Festival :
Bombay Talkies, an Indian anthology film consisting of four short films, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar will be screened as a Gala screening at the festival. The film will release on 3rd May, 2013 in India, to mark the centenary year of Indian cinema. The film stars Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Nawazuddin Siddiqui besides special appearances by Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.
Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout will be part of midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Set against the monsoon-lashed gritty urban landscape of Mumbai, Monsoon Shootout is an existential thriller.
Amit Kumar, an FTII graduate, directed the award-winning short film Bypass in 2003.
Indian Film actress and director, Nandita Das has been invited for the second time at the festival as a Jury Member of the Cinéfondation and Short film Jury, headed by the acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion. Nandita Das is known for her performance in films like Deepa Mehta’s Fire, Earth, Bawandar and Amaar Bhuvan. In 2008, she made her directorial debut with Firaaq. She has been a member of the Jury previously at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. She has been honoured with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France in 2008.
Director Manjeet Singh’s ’Chenu’ is the only Indian project to be selected by the Cannes Film Festival’s co-production market L’Atelier. It is Manjeet Singh’s second film after his internationally acclaimed debut ’Mumbai Cha Raja’ which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. ’Chenu’ is among the 15 projects selected from across the globe for L’Atelier.
The members of the Jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival presided by Steven Spielberg and the selection of the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week will be announced shortly.
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