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Cannes: Payal Kapadia Wins Grand Prix Award for ‘All We Imagine as Light’

The 77th Cannes Film Festival witnessed a remarkable achievement for Indian cinema as Payal Kapadia’s film ‘All We Imagine as Light’ won the prestigious Grand Prix award, the second-highest honour at the festival. This triumph marks a historic moment, as Kapadia becomes the first Indian filmmaker to receive this prestigious accolade.

‘All We Imagine as Light’ – A Poignant Portrayal

Kapadia’s award-winning film, ‘All We Imagine as Light,’ centers around the lives of two nurses, offering a poignant exploration of their experiences. The film’s nomination for the esteemed Palme d’Or, the highest award at Cannes, further underscores its artistic and cinematic excellence.

Government Support and Co-production Efforts

Payal Kapadia’s film was granted the official Indo-French co-production status by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, under the signed Audio-Visual treaty between India and France. The Ministry also facilitated the film’s shooting in Maharashtra, granting permission for locations in Ratnagiri and Mumbai. Additionally, the film received interim approval for 30% of the qualifying co-production expenditure under the Government of India’s Incentives Scheme for Official Co-productions.

FTII Alumni Shine at Cannes

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has reason to celebrate as its alumni have achieved remarkable success at Cannes. Chidananda S Naik, a student at FTII, bagged the first prize in the La Cinef section for his 15-minute short film ‘SUNFLOWERS WERE THE FIRST ONES TO KNOW,’ based on Kannada folklore. Additionally, Maisam Ali, another FTII alumnus, had his film ‘In Retreat’ screened at the ACID Cannes sidebar program.

Celebrating India’s Cinematic Legacy

The Festival also celebrated the work of the renowned Indian director Shyam Benegal. After 48 years of its release in India, Benegal’s iconic film ‘Manthan,’ preserved at the National Film Archives of India (NFDC-NFAI) and restored by the Film Heritage Foundation, was showcased in the classic section at Cannes.

Honouring Exceptional Talent

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival also recognized the exceptional talent of Indian artists in various fields. Santosh Sivan, a celebrated cinematographer known for his rich body of work in Indian cinema, became the first Asian to be awarded the prestigious Pierre Angénieux Tribute award, honoring his exceptional career and quality of work. Additionally, Anasuya Sengupta made history by becoming the first Indian to win the Best Actress award for her performance in ‘The Shameless’ in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category.

The Bharat Pavilion – A Platform for Collaboration

The Bharat Pavilion, set up by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) under the aegis of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, served as a centerpoint for various activities throughout the festival days. The Pavilion facilitated over 500 B2B meetings, fostering international collaborations and co-productions. Additionally, India hosted the inaugural Bharat Parv in Cannes, celebrating India’s presence on the global stage as a content hub and an emerging creative economy.

As Indian cinema continues to garner international acclaim and recognition, the achievements at the 77th Cannes Film Festival serve as a testament to the nation’s rich cinematic heritage and the talent of its filmmakers and artists. With the Government of India’s support and initiatives, such as facilitation through single-window clearance, joint productions with different countries, and efforts to establish India as a global content hub, the Indian film industry is poised for even greater success on the world stage.

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