Anjali Bhushan tracks the Cannes festival
# For all
fans, let me report that Quentin Tarantino is much awaited here. He will be conducting the master class. Last year, the master was Martin Scorsese.
# The class will be held on Thursday in the commodious Salle Debussy, and will be hosted by French critic Michel Ciment.
# Most sales agents and film trading companies in Cannes Market, this year, seem to be finishing early and are already leaving or have left. Now most of the attendees are filmmakers and representatives of other festivals.
# Information and Broadcasting Ministry's Uday Varma has said that that unlike last year, the 61st edition of the festival does not offer special status to India. Still he is hopeful that strong business deals will be struck between India and the rest of the world. He felt that vis-a-vis, the importance of Asian representation, the Indian presence is in the third rung, after Japan and Korea.
# Normally reclusive, Dev Anand's wife Kalpana Kartik is at Cannes but is keeping a low profile. The wife and son of Vijay Anand, the late director, are here too.
# The Bachchans and Amar Singh are expected to attend the market screening of Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar Raj.
# At the India Pavilion, it has been announced that the cash prize for Indian International festival’s Golden Peacock has been increased to Rs 40 lakh–a sum higher than that offered by the Berlin, Rotterdam and Pusan festivals.