India's no show at the Cannes festival
April 24, 2007
First Published: 15:45 IST(24/4/2007)
Last Updated: 14:48 IST(17/5/2007)
Heard of a filmmaker named Raka Dutta? No? Neither have I. But do cheer the young lady.
She will be the sole flag-bearer for India at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens on May 16. Her 28-minute short film, Chinese Whispers, is the only Indian entry in the official selections for Cannes this year.
But the rest of the industry has (once again!) drawn a blank in at the official sections at Cannes. Worse, no film personality from India has been included in any of about half a dozen Junes. As for the connoisseur of international cinema, what can he look forward to at Cannes?
To start with, there's My Blueberry Nights, with Norah Jones in the lead. Directed by the Hong Kong genius, Wong Kar-Wai, Blueberry is his first English language movie, and also Jones' maiden film.
The talented Irrfan Khan will find his latest film's release at Cannes. It is A Mighty Heart, based on US journalist, Daniel Pearl's murder in Pakistan some years back. The film, directed by Michael Winterbottom is one of the three being shown 'Out of Competition'. On the fringe, India has been included as one of the countries to show a few of its films in Tout Les Cinema du Monde (Cinema of the World) section this year. That should be excuse enough for a big delegation of sarkari and industry bigwigs, along with sundry stars to travel to Cannes.
However, let me caution you. Cinema du Monde is not a red-carpet occasion. Held way from the main Festival complex, till now, it has been a rather low-ker affair.
For treading on the famed red carpet, and posing for photo-ops, one would need a special invite. It would require quite an effort to obtain such an invite on the 60th anniversary of the festival, which is expected to attract a record number of delegates and visitors. Best of luck !