City: Bhopal
Location: Shahid Bhavan, near MLA Quarters
Date: Sat, 2011/11/26 – 6:30pm
Price: Free and open to all
Category: Festival

Cannes in India Film Festival – 26th  to 28th  November 2011

Presented by Alliance Française de Bhopal and Directorate of Culture, Madhya Pradesh, in collaboration with Swaraj Sansthan Sanchanalaya.

A selection of Indian films which were selected by the Cannes Film Festival. Most of the films are first films. The package includes features, short films and an animation film from various parts of the country – in Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam. Cannes in India Film Festival is curated by Ms. Meenakshi Shedde.

PRINTED RAINBOW by Gitanjali Rao (2006, 15 min.)

A big city. A tiny apartment. There, in solitude, lives an old woman and her cat, stuck in their daily chores against the hiss of the city. The windows look out into more windows with more desolate lives. The old woman, however, has a secret window: her precious collection of match boxes. Their printed labels open into myriad exotic worlds. The cat is the sole companion in her explorations of these magical worlds where beauty, imagination and wonder triumph over the insignificance of her existence. An exquisite, feminist animation short.

Recognition at Cannes:  This film was screened in the Cannes International Critics’ Week in 2006 and won three awards—Kodak Discovery Award, Young Critics’ Award and Rail d’Or– for the Best Short Film.

UDAAN (Flight) by Vikramaditya Motwane (2010) with Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia, Ram Kapoor (Hindi. 138 min)

After being abandoned for 8 years in boarding school, Rohan returns to the small town of Jamshedpur and finds himself closeted with an authoritarian father and a younger half-brother he didn’t even know existed. Forced to work in his father’s steel factory and study engineering against his wishes, he tries to forge his own life and pursue his dream of being a writer. Wonderful performances.

Recognition at Cannes: The film was in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It was the first Indian feature film to be part of the Cannes’ Official Selection in seven years.