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NFDC co-hosts Cannes film mart bash


SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | Cannes, May 17, 2013 16:35
Tags : NFDC | Cannes | Ugly | Bombay Talkies | Lunch Box | Monsoon Shootout | Charulata |

Top officials of the Indian ministries of information and broadcasting, tourism and the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), played co-hosts at the opening night party of the Marche du Film (Film Market) on Thursday evening on the Majestic Beach here.

It was only the second night of the festival and Indian filmmakers were conspicuous by their absence. They were, however, expected to be out in full force in time for the weekend, when all the five films representing India in Cannes this year are scheduled.

Manjeet Singh, whose sophomore effort, Chenu, set in Bihar, is one of 15 projects from around the world that are in the 66th Cannes Film Festival’s l’Atelier, was the solitary standard-bearer at the market bash.

The Indian films scheduled for screening in Cannes this year get off the blocks with Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly, a psychological thriller that has thus far been under wraps back home. It screens in Directors Fortnight on the afternoon of Friday, the third day of the festival.

On Saturday, a restored print of Satyajit Ray’s 1964 masterpiece, Charulata, will be unveiled in Cannes Classics at the Salle Bunuel

On Sunday, two first-time directors from India – Amit Kumar and Ritesh Batra – take their bows on the Croisette.

While Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout , featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tannishtha Chatterjee, will be accorded a Midnight Screening, Batra’s Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan, will play as many as four times in Cannes Critics Week, including once on Monday morning.

Both Monsoon Shootout and Lunchbox are among the 26 films screening across various sections of the ongoing festival that will be in the running for the Camera d’Or, the award given each year for the best debut-making director.

Come Monday, the Indian delegation will have Bombay Talkies to look forward to. The film will screen Out of Competition to mark the centenary of Indian cinema. All four directors involved in the project – Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap – will be on hand for the occasion.

Several interactions with the aforementioned contemporary Mumbai filmmakers are scheduled in the India Pavilion as the rest of the festival plays out in the coming week.

On Saturday, Anurag Kashyap will figure in the Directors’ Assembly to be presided over by Costa-Gavras. Three other directors – Haiti’s Raoul Peck, Norway’s Joachim Trier and Mexico’s Amat Escalante (whose new film, Heli, is competing for the Palme d’Or) – will be on the panel.

The filmmakers will share their experiences in the course of a discussion on “How we can make independent films today”.

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