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Cannes 2015: Katrina's debut, Hollywood stars and Indian films

As the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on May 13, here's a quick list of things to look out for:

world cinema Updated: May 14, 2015 09:14 IST
Hindustan Times
Cannes 2015,Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,Jake Gyllenhaal

As the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 13, there is a lot cine fans in India need to watch out for. Katrina Kaif's inspired and confident debut on the red carpet was one thing we all can tick off from this bucket list already.

Hollywood power

Hollywood A-listers: Jake Gyllenhaal (L), Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey will be present at Cannes 2015

Cannes 2015 will see top Hollywood stars in attendance. Apart from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who is on the jury, Salma Hayek, Matthew McConaughey and several others will attend. Aishwarya's 14th appearance

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has been attending the fest since 2002, will be there in 2015 too. Apart from walking the red carpet and attending the amfAR gala, she will be a part of a UN talk on women's empowerment. Desi stars on the carpet

Sonam Kapoor at one of her many Cannes appearances.

Sonam Kapoor is 'too excited' to walk the red carpet for the fifth time, while actor Katrina Kaif has already walked the red carpet once. Mallika Sherawat will be in the 'Co-Produce in India' session.

Indian films at the festival

Punjabi film Chauthi Koot (Fourth Direction) has been directed by Gurvinder Singh.

At the Un Regard Section at Cannes 2015, two films--Chauthi Koot (Punjabi) and Maasan (Hindi)--are being showcased. No mainstream Bollywood or other regional films will be shown.

A film on Amy Winehouse

English singer and songwriter, famous for her deep vocals, died on alcohol poisoning in 2011.

No British film will be competing at the fest, for the first time, since 2008. The only British film to be screened in 2015 will be Asif Kapadia's documentary on late English singer Amy Winehouse, titled Amy. The docu has run into controversy after Amy's dad called the film 'misleading'. Woody's film

Woody Allen's Irrational Man is among the most-awaited film at 2015's Cannes film fest.

Woody Allen's film, Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, has generated a lot of buzz already and will be screened in the Out Of Competition category.Nawazuddin's production

Shamas Siddiqui's Miyan Kal Aana will be screened at the Short Film section.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's debut production, Miyan Kal Aana, directed by his brother Shamas Siddiqui will also be screened at the festival. However, Nawazuddin won't be attending the screening.Vikas Khanna's book

Master chef Vikas Khanna will launch his book Utsav at Cannes 2015

Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna will be launching his book Utsav on May 17. The book, that is priced at Rs 8 lakh and weighs 16 kilos, talks of Indian cuisine for festivals.

An honour for Agnes Varda
French director Agnes Varda will be the first woman to be honoured with the prestigious Palme d'Or for the global impact of her body of work. The 86-year-old joins Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Bernardo Bertolucci as a recipient.

Promoting India to filmmakers

A delegation of industry biggies will attend Cannes 2015

While Cannes 2014 focussed on collaborations between Indian and foreign productions in 2015, the Indian pavilion at the fest will organise events and activities that will promote India as a filming destination, as well.

First Published: May 13, 2015 14:55 IST