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Cannes Falls in Love

Gitanjali Rao’s animation film True Love Story has been selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week.

By: Express News Service | Delhi |
Updated: April 23, 2014 12:21:26 am
cannes-main A still from the film True Love Story.

Mumbai-based animation filmmaker Gitanjali Rao’s short film, True Love Story, has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival under the Critics’ Week category, where it will compete against nine other films from across the world. The 18-minute film is set in Mumbai and explores Bollywood’s impact on real lives. Rao has won three awards in the same section in 2006 for her debut film Printed Rainbow. She has also served as a jury member at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2011. Rao admits True Love Story’s selection feels like life has come a full circle. “It’s special also because Cannes isn’t an animation festival and my film competes against live action films, and is being acknowledged as a piece of quality cinema and not as a cartoon film,” says the filmmaker.

Rao, who will be in Cannes next month, believes that it’s the lack of glamour in animation that does not allow it to be treated on par with live action films, apart from the fact that making a film in this medium is expensive. “Back in 2006, no one noticed that two animation films from India went to Cannes —  one was mine while the other, a student film, was under the Cinefoundation section — until the international media wrote about us,” she says. But she agrees that such honours help the medium gain recognition in India.

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