Ritesh Batra’s Dabba (The Lunchbox) will be part of the Cannes Critics’ Week, a section which runs along with the Cannes Film Festival.
Batra immortalises the hundreds of dabbawallahs in Mumbai who have for years provided an invaluable link between work and food, and so precise has been their operations with hardly any goof-up in punctuality or addresses that studies have been made in the West about the uniqueness of this business module.
It is against this background that Batra weaves his story of two people and when they meet, they create a world of fantasy. Which at one point threatens to destroy reality.
The movie stars Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.
Ten first and second features will be screened in the Critic’s Week, founded in 1962 and which has in its 51 years discovered directors like Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jacques Audiard and Gaspard Noé.
Katell Quillévéré’s Suzanne, which follows the chaotic life of a woman who as a teenager abandoned her new-born son, will open the Critics’ Week on May 16. It will run till May 24.
“After Love Like Poison, this young French filmmaker (Suzanne) returns with a strong, emotionally charged offering,” said the Critics’ Week Artistic Director, Charles Tesson.
“The movie follows the destiny of a young woman over a number of years. The realism is heightened by the swirling romance… all the twists and turns engage the audience emotionally. There are superb performances by Francois Damiens, Adèle Haenel and Sara Forestier,” Tesson added.
Among the other films in the Critics’ Week are: David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Yann Gonzalez’ erotic comedy You and the Night, British director Paul Wright’s For Those in Peril, and Canada’s Sébastien The Dismantlement.