Indian Cinema Shines at Cannes 2024

Cannes, France – India is making a significant mark at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, with seven diverse films competing for top honors from May 14th to May 25th. This robust presence was further celebrated with the inauguration of the Bharat Pavilion and the vibrant Bharat Parv celebration.

Bharat Pavilion: A Hub of Indian Cinema

The Bharat Pavilion, inaugurated on May 15 by Shri Sanjay Jaju, Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Shri Jawed Ashraf, Ambassador of India to France, stands as a testament to India’s cinematic prowess. Organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the pavilion aims to promote networking and collaboration on a global scale.

“The Bharat Pavilion will serve as a hub for networking, collaboration, and promotion of Indian cinema on the global stage,” stated Shri Jaju. He highlighted the diverse array of Indian films and their increasing global impact.

Bharat Parv: A Celebration of Indian Culture

India also hosted the Bharat Parv (Festival of India), showcasing the official poster and trailer for the 55th India International Film Festival in Goa. The event celebrated Indian culture, cuisine, and cinema, drawing over 250 delegates and luminaries.

Indian Films in the Spotlight

1. “All We Imagine as Light” (Malayalam) by Payal Kapadia will vie for the Palme d’Or. The film delves into the lives of two nurses in Mumbai, exploring themes of love and self-discovery.

2. “Santosh” by Sandhya Suri, featuring in the Un Certain Regard category, follows a young widow who becomes a police constable, investigating a tragic crime in rural Northern India.

3. “Manthan” (1976) by Shyam Benegal, a historic, crowd-funded Hindi film, will be showcased in the Classics section, celebrating its cultural significance.

4. “Sunflowers Were First Ones to Know” (Kannada), a short film by Chidananda S. Naik, competes in the La Cinef section, telling a poignant story of an old lady’s missing rooster.

5. “Sister Midnight” by Karan Kandhari will premiere at Directors’ Fortnight, presenting a gritty narrative of a woman’s struggle in a Mumbai slum.

6. “Shameless” by Konstantin Bojanov, in the Un Certain Regard section, tackles themes of religion, sexuality, and societal norms through a compelling romance.

7. “In Retreat” by Maisam Ali, featured in the ACID section, portrays a man’s emotional return to his homeland of Ladakh.

8. “Bunnyhood” by Mansi Maheshwari, an animation in the La Cinef category, explores a young girl’s anxiety through a deeply personal lens.

India’s dynamic showcase at Cannes underscores its growing influence in global cinema, celebrating both its rich heritage and innovative storytelling.