Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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From the Editor
Ingrid, India and the imagination
May 2015, and Cannes beckons again with its special seduction. Heightened this year with the unforgettable Ingrid Bergman as its face, symbolizing the magic, class and genius of cinema. Her daughter Isabella presides over the Jury of Un Certain Regard, a section second in prestige only to the main Competition.

Ground level for us in India, this is a Cannes with a difference. While the Competition - capital C - eludes us, India scores a record setting double whammy. For the first time, two Indian films have made it to Un Certain Regard, and both by emerging filmmakers.

For two leading French offerings, India provides an opulent background. France-India bonding has been a singular relationship for some decades now. The wonderful ‘Titli’, in Un Certain Regard last year, has just released commercially in France, and to good reviews. In Cannes 2015, the French-India amour lingers on, as much in the Festival Palais as (no guess work) on the beachfront Croisette.

Each year, India makes for The Short Film Corner straight as a beeline. Here Cannes gathers the world’s emerging documentary and short filmmakers. Seedling talent buds and blooms with the tutoring it gets. In this year’s crop, over 50 films connect with India one way or another, and they are covered in the pages of this issue.

India at the Cannes Marché (market) is another huge force. Major and new Indian participants are featured in the opening sections of this issue, with details of their purpose and aspirations.

This bumper Film India Worldwide issue also covers new Indian films, be they debuts, in regional languages, or coming from countries abroad and specially the Subcontinent. These films express the growing artistic and commercial fellowship in this part of the world. Another dispatch from India you will not want to miss reading

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