Cannes: ‘India Day’ is being held at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival in France today to bring together the French and Indian film industries.
It is being organized by French Embassy in India and UniFrance, promoter of French films abroad at Terrasse UniFrance in Cannes. Making the announcement, the French embassy in New Delhi said, it will mark the first of the regular professional meetings which bring together the French and Indian film industries.
Among celebrities present at ‘India Day’ will be actor-director Nandita Das for her biopic “Manto”, which features actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role. Also in attendance will be Ken Scott, director of the Indo-French co-production “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” with actor Dhanush, who makes his international debut in this film.
Adding to India’s presence at Cannes for various categories will be director Rohena Gera for her debut feature film “Sir”, Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna for his directorial debut “The Last Color” and young thespian Antara Rao for her short film “Asthi”.
France’s Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said India Day will pave the way for greater Indo-French co-productions, given the two countries’ common history and love for cinema. The inaugural session of the Indian Pavilion was held in Cannes on Wednesday.
This year, the India Pavilion is showcasing four regional language films. These include Assamese film “Village Rockstars”, Malayalam film “Bhayanakam”, Bengali movie “Nagarkirtan” and “Sinjar”, a film from Lakshadweep made in Jasari. The prestigious film festival will conclude on 19 of this month.