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Cannes Film Festival to screen Indian film

Finally, the 63rd Cannes Film Festival has decided to look at India this year. Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan will be part of the festival's prestigious 'A Certain Regard'. Here's the entire selection.

india Updated: Apr 16, 2010 12:50 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran

Gautaman Bhaskaran

Gautaman Bhaskaran

Finally, the 63rd Cannes Film Festival has decided to look at India this year. Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan will be part of the Festival’s prestigious 'A Certain Regard' that will include several other movies by renowned directors such as Manoel de Oliveira (Portugal), Sang-So Hong (South Korea), Hideo Nakata (Japan) and Lodge Kerrigan (USA).

The selection was announced in Paris on Thursday, April 15.

Interestingly, Motwane was a long-time assistant of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose Devdas was part of the Festival’s Special Screenings in 2002.

Motwane had also collaborated with Bhansali on Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and had choreographed Deepa Mehta’s Academy Award-nominated, Water.

Udaan has been produced by Anurag Kashyap’s recently established house.

The list of movies follows:

Opening night film:
Robin Hood - Director: Ridley Scott

Competition:
A Screaming Man - Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Another Year - Director: Mike Leigh
Director - Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Burnt by the Sun 2 - Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Certified Copy - Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Fair Game - Director: Doug Liman
Housemaid - Director: Im Sang-soo
La Nostra Vita - Director: Daniele Luchetti
Of Gods and Men - Director: Xavier Beauvois
Outrage - Director: Takeshi Kitano
Outside the Law - Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Poetry - Director: Lee Chang-dong
The Princess of Montpensier - Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Tournée - Director: Mathieu Amalric
Uncle Boonmee - Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
You, My Joy - Director: Sergei Loznitsa

A Certain Regard:
Adrienn Pál - Director: Ágnes Kocsis
Angelica - Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Aurora - Director: Cristi Puiu
Blue Valentine - Director: Derek Cianfrance
Chatroom - Director: Hideo Nakata
Chongqing Blues - Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
The City Below - Director: Christoph Hochhäusler
Hahaha - Director: Hong Sang-soo
Heartbeats - Director: Xavier Dolan
Life Above All - Director: Oliver Schmitz
The Lips - Director: Iván Fund & Santiago Loza
Octubre - Director: Daniel Vega
R U There - Director: David Verbeek
Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs) - Director: Lodge Kerrigan
Simon Werner Disappeared… - Director: Fabrice Gobert
Socialisme - Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Tuesday, After Christmas - Director: Radu Muntean
Udaan - Director: Vikramaditya Motwane

Out of competition:
Tamara Drewe - Director: Stephen Frears
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - Director: Oliver Stone
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - Dir: Woody Allen

Special screenings:
Abel - Director: Diego Luna
Chantrapas - Director: Otar Iosseliani
Draquila: L'Italia Che Trema - Director: Sabina Guzzanti
Inside Job - Dir: Charles Ferguson
Nostalgia For The Light - Dir: Patricio Guzmán
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow - Dir: Sophie Fiennes

Midnight screenings:
Blackhole - Director: Gilles Marchand
Kaboom - Director: Gregg Araki

Cannes Film Festival president Thierry Fremaux said the "official selection is not complete yet" and currently six entries are missing. They will be added before the Festival begins on May 13.

India got another boost this year. Director and actor Shekhar Kapur will be part of the famed international jury that will award the Palm d’Or.

The jury, headed by American writer-director Tim Burton, includes:
Kate Beckinsale (Actress / United Kingdom)
Giovanna Mezzogiorno actress / Italy) Alberto Barbera (Director, National Museum of Cinema / Italy)
Emmanuel Carrere (Writer - Scripwriter - Director / France)
Benicio Del Toro (Actor / Puerto Rico)
Victor Erice (Director / Spain)

Gautaman Bhaskaran will be at Cannes for the 20th year this May