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South Asians Take Over The 69th Cannes Festival

Showbiz May 12, 2016

South Asians have a strong presence at the 69th Cannes Festival, which runs until May 22nd.

Cannes, named after the host city in France, is one of the world's most popular film festivals. Its mission is to promote films as well as celebrate and contribute to the cinema at the international level.
Two Indian films are among the contenders for the festival's main event, the Official Selection — The Cinema Travellers, a documentary by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, and Gudh by Saurav Rai.

The Cinema Travellers and Gudh
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On Cannes Classics (Restored Prints) this year, the 1959 Pakistani film Jago Hua Savera will be screened. The film, directed by Aaejay Kardar, was a collaboration among talents from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


Pakistani film Jago Hua Savera
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In Cannes Critics' Week, A Yellow Bird, a Singaporean-French production directed by K Rajagopal, sheds light on the lives of Indians in contemporary Singapore.

A Yellow Bird
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In the Cannes Atelier, the sub-continent is represented by Aditya Vikram Sengupta's Memories and My Mother and Pooja Gurung and Bibhusan Basnet's The Whole-Timers.

L–R: Memories And My Mother and The Whole-Timers
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Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to Cannes Festival, will feature Afghan director Shahbanoo Sadat's Wolf and Sheep

Wolf and Sheep

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Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap's Raman Raghav 2.0 will also be featured for Directors' Fortnight. Watch the trailer for the film below.

Varun Chopra will make his debut at Cannes with the documentary God on a Leash.

Varun Chopra makes debut with God on a Leash
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An independent filmmaker from Kashmir Rahat Kazmi has created Mantostaan, a satire based on four stories by Saadat Hasan Manto. The film will premiere in the Le Marche du Film category at the festival.

Rahat Kazmi's Film Mantostaan
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Mallika Sherawat is attending this year's festival for her film Time Raiders, directed by Chinese director Daniel Lee. The actress shared the following photo on social media.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be marking her fifteenth year at the festival. She will be representing the cosmetic brand L'Oréal. Audiences have seen her in a variety of gorgeous outfits and can't wait to see her on the red carpet this year on May 13 and 14.

She recalls her first visit to the festival for the film Devdas: "I don't think anyone in the world can take away from us and that is something that will always make us feel thankful for having that experience for us to cherish and recount forever."

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the Cannes Film Festival Over the Years
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