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Cannes Cinéfondation jury announces winners
16 minutes ago
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of nearly 1 550 entries coming from 277 film schools around the world.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Waiting For The Thaw (En attendant le dégel) directed by Sarah Hirtt
Third Prize ex-aequo:
Joint Third Prize:
Pandy (Pandas) directed by Matúš VIZÁR
Famu, Czech Republic
The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that his first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.
Which Indian Films Won Awards at Cannes?
2 hours ago
On May 26, when the 66th Cannes film festival draws to an end, India will anxiously wait to see if either Monsoon Shootout or Dabba will bring home a Camera d’Or, the award given to the best debut film in the festival. Ritesh Batra’s Dabba which played in the International Critics’ Week won an audience award-the Grand Rail d’Or-following unanimous praise by the critics and the audiences.
While we wait, let’s go down in the annals of history to know about the Indian films that won awards at the premier film festival. Although they might seem like a rare and exquisite breed, there are actually quite a few of them starting from the very first edition of Cannes.
- Editorial Team
French film “Me Myself and Mum” grabs two awards at Directors’ Fortnight
3 hours ago
“Me Myself and Mum” by Guillaume Gallienne won two awards at the Directors’ Fortnight
Directors’ Fortnight is a non competitive sidebar of Cannes Film Festival, however, it does offer awards in partnership with other institutions. French film Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table ! (Me Myself and Mum) by Guillaume Gallienne won two of the awards at the fortnight. Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly was screened in this section.
Here is the list of winners:-
Art Cinema Award
The Cicae (Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai) gives the Art Cinema Award, prize that helps with film distribution.
Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table ! (Me Myself and Mum) by Guillaume Gallienne – France
Label Europa Cinemas
The Europa Cinemas Label aims to enhance the promotion, circulation and box-office runs of European award winning films on the screens of a cinema network spread across Europe. Awarded by a jury comprised of Europa Cinemas member exhibitors. »
Sony picks up U.S. rights for Ritesh Batra’s “Lunchbox”
19 hours ago
Lunchbox was in competition at the International Critics’ Week .
It won the Rail d’Or, an independent award at Critics Week given by railway worker film enthusiasts.
The film is also contending for the Camera d’Or.
Dabba revolves around Mumbai’s dabbawallahs/lunch box delivery men. It is the story about two people living in their own private prisons until a chance encounter helps them to create a fantasy world together, and gradually the fantasy overwhelms their reality.
The film features Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. It is produced by Sikhya Entertainment (India) and Dar Motion Pictures (India) and co-produced by National Film Development Corporation (India), Asap Films (France) and Rohfilm (Germany).
The project won »
52nd Cannes Critics’ Week announces winners
23 May 2013 9:56 PM, PDT
German film Come and Play by Daria Belova won the Discovery Award in the short film competition.
“Dabba” wins Grand Rail d’Or at Cannes Critics’ Week
23 May 2013 9:19 AM, PDT
A still from Dabba
Since 1995, a group of rail worker film enthusiasts presents the Golden Rail awards to two films in Cannes Critics’ Week: Petit Rail d’Or for best short film and Grand Rail d’Or for best feature.
The official award ceremony of the Cannes Critics’ Week will be held today evening.
Bikas Mishra’s “Wild Fire” receives Hubert Bals Script and Project Development Fund
23 May 2013 6:23 AM, PDT
Indian feature project “Wild Fire” by Bikas Ranjan Mishra* has been selected to receive the Hubert Bals Fund for script development from the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
The fund selected 11 projects from nine countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Wild Fire was also selected for Cinemart, the international co production market of the festival in January this year.
A selection of film projects supported by the Hbf will also participate in Boost!, the coaching trajectory of the Hbf, CineMartand Rotterdam Lab, in cooperation with Binger FilmLab. This year, three new partners will join the initiative: the National Film Development Corporation of India, Fundacion TyPA in Argentina and the Durban FilmMart in South Africa. Supported by Media Mundus, every year five Hbf-supported filmmakers are given the possibility to further develop their scripts at Binger Filmlab. Additionally these projects participate in co-production markets and workshops in India, Argentina or South Africa, »
Mixed Reviews for “Bombay Talkies” at Cannes
23 May 2013 4:11 AM, PDT
Screen International’s Tim Grierson writes, “A consistent charmer, the Indian omnibus Bombay Talkies is vibrant and colourful, that rare portmanteau film where the whole is more than the sum of its likeable parts.”
On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young writes, “Maybe the most impressive thing about this uneven film is its interminable end credits, which give audiences a clue about the manpower that goes into making Hindi films today.”
An excerpt from Screen Review:
Arguably, Bombay Talkies’ strongest international value will be in showing outsiders that contemporary Indian cinema doesn’t entirely consist of song-and-dance musicals. While there are fun pop tunes included on the soundtrack, only the first short feels overly dependent on music to enhance its story. »
“Barfi!” to release in Taiwan and Hong Kong
23 May 2013 3:10 AM, PDT
Anurag Basu’s Barfi! is scheduled to release in Taiwan on May 24th and Hong Kong in September 2013.
The film has also been invited for a special screening in the out of competition section of the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
Barfi! released in Turkey earlier this month.
“I’m elated by the fantastic response ‘Barfi!’ has garnered overseas. From Busan to Marrakech to Okinawa to Turkey the film has travelled to many countries and now I’m looking forward to Barfi! travelling to Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong too.”, said Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the titular role in Barfi!
“We are thrilled to see how Barfi! has appealed to a global audience much like its success in India, North America, UK and Middle East. In Asia, Barfi! has seen much success in key markets, after its screening at the prestigious Busan film festival last year, the film »
Kiran Rao launches new trailer of Anand Gandhi’s “Ship of Theseus”
22 May 2013 11:48 PM, PDT
“Ship of Theseus” had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 under “City to City” program where Mumbai was in focus.
The film won a Special Mention by the Sutherland Award at the BFI London Film Festival 2012. Pankaj Kumar won the Award for Best Artistic Contribution for his contribution as the cinematographer of “Ship of Theseus” at Tokyo International Film Festival 2012. The Jury Award of Technical Excellence at the Mumbai Film Festival 2012 also went to Pankaj Kumar for Ship Of Theseus.
Director Anand Gandhi has also been invited on upcoming Sydney Film Festival’s Jury (June 5-16).
Here is the new trailer of “Ship of Theseus”:-
Also Read: DearCinema.com interview with Anand Gandhi on »
Screening Schedule: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Fest 2013
22 May 2013 10:39 PM, PDT
The festival will screen 132 films from 40 countries at Cinemax Versova in Andheri West between May 22-26, 2013 and at Alliance Française de Bombay from May 23-25, 2013.
The members of the international jury panel for Kashish 2013 comprise – filmmaker Aruna Raje, actor Simone Singh, theatre director Quasar Thakore Padamsee, noted author and poet Jerry Pinto and Iris Prize festival director Berwyn Rowlands.
“The growth and spread of Kashish has been phenomenal. We are in our fourth year and there are a lot more expectations. It will be a challenge to ensure that we balance awareness and entertainment to provide a diverse range of programs for our audiences. Kashish is no more just a film festival, but an annual cultural experience, »
India to be partner country at Cairo Film Festival 2013
22 May 2013 2:02 AM, PDT
India will be a partner country at the 36th Cairo International Film Festival. The festival will take place in November 2013 in the Egyptian capital.
At the ongoing 66th Cannes Film Festival, the Vice President of Cairo International Film festival, Soheir Abd El Kader, called upon Indian Information and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma to discuss India’s participation in the festival. She requested Varma to send a package of films and delegation of filmmakers for the festival.
Kader mentioned that they were hoping for greater participation by Indian film makers in the Egyptian market. She assured that Cairo film festival would facilitate an interaction between the Indian film makers and their Egyptian counterparts during the festival.
Indian filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar served on the jury of 35th Cairo Film Festival.
Partho Sen-Gupta’s “Sunrise” to go on floors on May 24
21 May 2013 11:31 PM, PDT
The film deals with the subject of child trafficking and abuse. The protagonist, Joshi, distressed by the disappearance of his little daughter, must chase an elusive figure on the streets of Mumbai that steals the children.
The film was selected for the Nfdc Film Bazaar in 2012 and Locarno Open Doors co-production market in 2011.
French DoP Jean-Marc Ferriere who shot Sen-Gupta’s previous film Hava Aney Dey is the cinematographer of the film which is produced by India’s Independent Movies, Infinitum Productions, Aryasaa Cine Productions and France’s Dolce Vita Films along with the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc).
Indo-Swiss director partners with Louise Productions for “The Hermit”
21 May 2013 9:50 PM, PDT
A still from Bumbai Bird
Indo-Swiss director Kamal Musale has joined forces with Swiss production company Louise Productions for a new Black comedy set in India titled The Hermit.
Mumbai and London based boutique studio, Flick the Switch is also associated with the project.
Written and directed by Kumal Musale, The Hermit is a black comedy of human greed with a zest of eco-terrorism. The story follows a woman of Indian origin and her hostile English husband as they go to India to claim her inheritance, and are confronted with a dangerous and crazy white hermit who claims to have equal rights to live on their property.
The film is scheduled to be shot in 2014 in Hampi in Karnataka.
“I thought of writing a movie like The Hermit while questioning my own sense of identity. Being half Swiss and half Indian, I sometimes wonder what nationality and the sense of belonging mean. »
Single Window Clearance for film shoots to roll out in 3 months
21 May 2013 8:53 AM, PDT
Uday Kumar Varma, I&B Secretary, India
Single window clearance for film shoots in India will be set up within three months. The system will work online and clearances will take six-eight weeks. Information and Broadcasting secretary Uday Kumar Varma made this announcement at the India Pavilion at the ongoing Cannes International Film Festival.
Regarding the details of the process, Varma mentioned that the approvals of the script would be undertaken by the Ministry as done in the past.
Responding to queries at the meeting of the French Film Commission, Varma provided an overview of the policy initiatives undertaken by the ministry in the domain of films. He highlighted the measures undertaken to promote co-production initiatives with different countries.
Film shoots in India require close to 70 permissions that include permission from various ministries, central government departments, state governments and local bodies.
Vidya Balan interested to work in Iranian, Italian or French Films
21 May 2013 1:59 AM, PDT
Vidya Balan would like to work in Iranian, Italian or French films, she said in her official jury interview to the Cannes Film Festival. “It would of course require a lot of effort to learn the language but I enjoy learning new languages. And the world is becoming a smaller place. There are a lot of exchanges in cinema too so you never know”, she added.
When asked who she would like to switch her life with on the jury, she replied, Steven Spielberg. “ I’ve grown up, the world has grown up watching his films”, she said.
“It’s first time I’m going to be on any jury and I’m starting off with Cannes, it feels great.” She said.
“I’m really technically not qualified at all. And I don’t connect with films technically. So I think I connect with every film as a lay man, »
“Gulabi Gang” wins Amnesty award at doc festival in Poland
20 May 2013 11:11 PM, PDT
A still from Gulabi Gang
Gulabi Gang by Nishtha Jain won the Amnesty Award at the 10th edition of Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Poland. The festival was held between May 10-19, 2012 in Warsaw and between May 12-19 in Wroclaw.
The Jury gives away the Amnesty International Award with 3000 euros to a film that best portrays the situation of people whose rights are infringed upon, and the problems they face.
Gulabi Gang traces a group of women in pink saris fighting against gender violence, corruption and for the rights of poor and Dalits.
Since its first edition in 2004, Planete+ Doc Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest documentary events in the world. The festival is presented in 20 cities in Poland.
Gulabi Gang won the Best Film in Muhr Asia-Africa documentary section at Dubai International film festival in 2012 and screened recently at International Documentary Film Festival, Munich and Hong Kong International Film Festival. »
“The Bright Day” to compete at Shanghai International Film Festival
20 May 2013 9:43 PM, PDT
A still from The Bright Day
The festival is scheduled for June 15-23 in Shanghai.
The Bright Day is the only Indian film in this section which will compete with films from Iran, Korea, China, Singapore and Indonesia. The film has been screened at Toronto, Mumbai, South Asian International Film Festival, Calgary and South Asian film festival in Vancouver in 2012.
The Bright Day revolves around a young man Shiv who abandons his dear ones to set out on a spiritual quest.
Indian film critic Aruna Vasudev is on the Jury for Asian New Talent award headed by Chinese director Lu Chuan and comprising South Korean director Choi Dong-hoon, Us producer Gary Kurtz and French actress Laura Weissbecker.
The Shanghai International Film Festival, »
Cannes Review: Amit Kumar’s “Monsoon Shootout” hits the bull’s eye
19 May 2013 9:20 PM, PDT
“Amit Kumar’s bold noir set amongst corrupt cops in Mumbai acts as a brash, blockbusting corrective to Cannes’s more sombre excesses”, writes Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw in his first look review from Cannes.
Bradshaw calls the film “rainy noir” and concludes in his review, “It’s an entertaining popcorn-movie with a twist, for which commercial success is on the cards. There should be space for pictures like it in Cannes.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young has also given the film a thumbs up. She writes, “The Fortissimo release should make good headway in territories open to India and exotic genre fare and put Kumar on festival radar.”
Here is an excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter Review:
A cunningly intricate first film from India, Monsoon Shootout combines the best of two worlds – a ferocious Mumbai cops and gangsters drama, »
Ritesh Batra’s “Lunchbox” gets thumbs up from critics at Cannes
19 May 2013 9:14 PM, PDT
Variety critic Jay Weissberg termed it “An indie Indian pic with the crossover appeal of Monsoon Wedding” while Screen Critic Fionnuala Halligan wrote: “this is certain to woo international arthouse crowds who have been waiting for an authentic crossover Indian title.”
Excerpts from Variety Review:
A feel-good movie that touches the heart while steering clear of expectation, The Lunchbox signals a notable debut from tyro helmer-scripter Ritesh Batra. The ingredients on their own are nearly fail-proof, yet it’s the way Batra combines food with an epistolary romance between a nearly retired number cruncher and a neglected wife that hits all the right tastebuds. An indie Indian pic with the crossover appeal of Monsoon Wedding, it’s sure to be gobbled up by audience-friendly fests before heading into niche cinemas. »
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