Two Indian movies figure in the list announced by Thierry Fremaux, Director of the Cannes Film Festival, in Paris this afternoon.
And actress Nandita Das will be part of the Cinefondation Short Film Jury, headed by the New Zealand director, Jane Campion.
Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout will be screened out of competition in a midnight screening at the 66th edition of the Festival.
The movie, which stars Vijay Varma, Nawazuddin Siddiqi, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Neeraj Kabi and Geetanjali Thapa, plays out against the monsoon-lashed gritty urban landscape of Mumbai. A thriller, the film traces the lives and dilemmas of a rookie cop, Guru, and a suspected gangster, Shiva,
Monsoon Shootout is produced by Trevor Ingman of UK’s Yaffle Films and co-produced by India’s Anurag Kashyap Films and Dar Motion Pictures and Netherland’s Pardesi Films in association with Arte France and developed with the support of the UK Film Council.
The other Indian work is Bombay Talkies, helmed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. This will screen as a special tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema. It has been produced by Viacom18, and narrates four stories.
While Banerjee will talk about a failed actor, struggling to make a living after his father’s death, Kashyap plots the experiences of a man who migrates from a small town to Mumbai to fulfil his sick father’s last wish.
Johar’s work deals with the extra-marital relationship of a happy urban wife whose life changes when she meets a new colleague at her office. Akhtar on her part focusses on a 12-year-old boy from a middle class family who is inspired by a movie star to follow his dream.
Here is the complete list of the films to be screened at Cannes.
Only God Forgives,dir Nicolas Winding Refn
Borgman, dir Alex Van Warmerdam
La Grande Bellezza, dir Paolo Sorrentino
Behind the Candelabra, dir Steven Soderbergh
La Venua a la Fourrure, dir Roman Polanski
Nebraska, dir Alexander Payne
Jeune & Jolie, dir Francois Ozon
Wara No Tate, dir Takashi Miike
La Vie D’Adele, dir Abdellatif Kechiche
Soshite Chichi Ni Naru, dir Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Tian Zhu Ding, dir Zhangke Jia
Grisgris, dir Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
The Immigrant, dir James Gray
Le Passé, dir Asghar Farhadi
Heli, dir Amat Escalante
Jimmy P, dir Arnaud Desplechin
Michael Kohlhaas, dir Arnaud des Pallières
Inside Llewyn Davis, dir Joel and Ethan Coen
Un Chateau en Italie, dir Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi