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India is country of honour at Cannes’ Marche Du Film

As India celebrates its 75th year of Independence, coinciding with Cannes Film Festival's 75th anniversary, a brand new restoration of Indian cinema legend Satyajit Ray's rare movie "Pratidwandi" will also be presented in an exclusive screening at the movie gala.

By: Express News Serivce | New Delhi |
Updated: May 5, 2022 2:25:34 am
Satyajit RayA still form Pratidwandi. (Photo: Priya films)

India has been chosen as the first ever official country of honour at Marche Du Film, which is the business side of the Cannes Film Festival. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Wednesday that the honour has been bestowed as India celebrates 75 years of Independence, and this year also marks 75 years of the film festival.

He mentioned that France and India are also marking 75 years of their diplomatic ties this year.

Thakur said that this special focus will continue annually with different nations in the spotlight at future editions.

India will be the focus country at the opening night of Marche Du Films being organised at the Majestic Beach with spotlight on the country, its cinema, its culture and heritage. There will also be special performances by Indian choir bands along with folk music.

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There will be the world premiere of R Madhavan directorial Rocketry, and India will also showcase five movies that have not been released yet. Further India is also a Country of Honour at the Cannes Next, under which five start-ups would be given an opportunity to pitch to the audio-visual industry.

India will also get to pitch five selected movies at the “Goes to Cannes Section”. On May 22, five unreleased Indian movies will be screened. And, as India celebrates the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray, a restored version of his classic Pratidwandi will also be screened.

At the India Pavillion, the country will pitch itself as the “content hub” of the world.

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