India’s Titli lands at Cannes Film Fest

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Paris
  • Updated: May 12, 2014 18:46 IST

India’s Titli, directed by debutant Kanu Behl, will be a part of the Cannes Film Festival’s A Certain Regard.

Produced by Dibakar Banerjee and Yash Raj Films, Titli features Ranvir Shorey, Amit Sial and newcomer Shashank Arora in the lead roles.

The official synopsis of Titli goes likes this: “In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him. Titli finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots. But is escape, the same as freedom?”

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Last year, Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout was shown as part of Midnight Screenings. The other Indian work was Bombay Talkies, helmed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. This was screened as a special tribute to India.

The Indian entry, Titli, was announced by the festival’s general delegate, Thierry Fremaux, at a media conference here this morning.

Fremaux said that 49 titles in total were selected for the upcoming event, starting on May 14. Interestingly, 15 out of these were directed by women, and Fremaux, the deputy general delegate, Christian Jeune, and their team watched a whopping 1800 movies before picking the 49 divided in sections like Competition, Out of Competition, A Certain Regard, Midnight Screenings and Special Screenings.

Fremaux said that there were 18 films in Competition that would vie for the Palm d’Or. Maybe, one more could be added here. Last year, there were 20 in Competition.

The Festival to run till May 26 will open with Oliver Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman.

Some of the biggest names in the world of cinema can be seen at the festival.

Here is the list of movies.

Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)
The Captive (Atom Egoyan)
Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
The Homesman (Tommy Lee Jones)
Jimmy’s Hall (Ken Loach)
La Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwacher)
Leviathan (Andrei Zvyagintsev)
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
Mommy (Xavier Dolan)
Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
The Search (Michel Hazanavicius)
Still the Water (Naomi Kawase)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
Wild Tales (Damian Szifron)
Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Out of Competition
Coming Home (Zhang Yimou)
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Les Gens du Monde (Yves Jeuland)

A Certain regard
Party Girl (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis) (OPENER)
Amour fou (Jessica Hausner)
Bird People (Pascale Ferran)
The Blue Room (Mathieu Amalric)
Charlie’s Country (Rolf de Heer)
Dohee-ya (July Jung)
Eleanor Rigby (Ned Benson)
Fantasia (Wang Chao)
Harcheck mi headro (Keren Yedaya)
Hermosa juventud (Jaime Rosales)
Incompresa (Asia Argento)
Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
Lost River (Ryan Gosling)
Run (Philippe Lacote)
The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado)
Snow in Paradise (Andrew Hulme)
Titli (Kanu Behl)
Tourist (Ruben Ostlund)

Midnight Screenings
The Rover (David Michod)
The Salvation (Kristian Levring)
The Target (Yoon Hong-seung)

Special Screenings
The Bridges of Sarajevo (various directors)
Eau argentee (Mohammed Ossama)
Maidan (Sergei Loznitsa)
Red Army (Polsky Gabe)
Caricaturistes – Fantassins de la democratie (Stephanie Valloatto)

(Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered the Cannes Film Festival for over two decades, and will do so this year too, and he may be emailed at

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