India Makes Place At The Cannes Film Festival After 3 Decades Through Payal Kapadia’s All We Imagine As Light

Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia's debut feature 'All We Imagine As Light' has been selected at the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or award competition.

Payal Kapadia has brought a proud moment to the Indian film industry. After 30 years, an Indian film will compete at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in the main competition. Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine As Light’ is one of the names nominated for Palme d’Or award. The festival will run between 14 and 25 May. Before this, ‘Swaham’ by Shaji N Karun made a place in the main competition in the year 1994.

Though this is Payal Kapadia’s debut fiction feature, she is not the new face at such international film festivals. Her poetic documentary ‘A Night Of Knowing Nothing’ won the Golden Eye for best documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2021. In 2017, ‘Afternoon Clouds’ was selected for screening at the Cannes Film Festival. And ‘And What Is The Summer Saying’ is another notable work by Kapadia.

Apart from Kapadia’s All We Imagine As Light, some other films which will be part of the competition are Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis, Sean Baker’s Anora, Yórgos Lánthimos’s Kinds Of Kindness, Paul Schrader’s Oh Canada, Magnus Von Horn’s The Girl With The Needle and Paolo Sorrentino’s Parthenope.

Talking about the film All We Imagine As Light, it is an Indo-French production, a story of a nurse named Prabha and her younger roommate Anu who go on a road trip and find their own space for their dreams to manifest. Another proud thing is Payal is one of the four female director who have been selected at Cannes Film Festival.

Earlier some movies got selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival were Chetan Anand’s ‘Neecha Nagar’ (1946), V Shantaram’s ‘Amar Bhoopali’ (1952), Raj Kapoor’s ‘Awaara’ (1953), Satyajit Ray’s ‘Parash Pathar’ (1958), MS Sathyu’s ‘Garm Hava’ (1974) and Mrinal Sen’s Kharij (1983). Among these, Neecha Nagar by Chetan Anand was the only film which won the Palme d’Or award.

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