15 May 2023

Cannes Film Festival: Oscar winner Guneet Monga and Manushi Chillar to walk Red Carpet

The star-studded Cannes Film Festival is finally here. The celebrations kick off on Tuesday May 16, and will celebrate international films, as well as the actors, directors and crew behind the scenes. This year will be the 76th edition of the festival, and will consist of the usual fanfare of film screenings, press conferences, parties and red carpet moments.


Dr Murugan will lead Indian Delegation


Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L. Murugan will lead an Indian Delegation to Cannes International Film Festival this year.


Walking in traditional Tamil attire ‘Veshti’ at the red carpet on Cannes Inaugural day showcasing our rich Indian Culture Dr Murugan will be accompanied by filmmaker Guneet Monga of The Elephant Whisperers fame, Manushi Chillar, actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 2017, Esha Gupta - acclaimed actress of the Indian Cinema and Kangabam Tomba - acclaimed Manipuri actor, whose restored film ‘Ishanau’, is being screened in Cannes Classic Section this year.


India Pavilion inspired by Saraswati Yantra

The India Pavilion is being conceptualised and designed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with the theme - ‘Showcasing India’s Creative Economy’ to the global community. The pavilion design has been inspired by the Saraswati Yantra, the abstract representation of goddess Saraswati. 


The colours of the pavilion draw inspiration from the vibrant colours of India’s national flag – saffron, white, and green, and blue. India has a huge reservoir of talent and the Indian Pavilion will provide the platform to the Indian Film community to sign distribution deals, greenlight scripts, crack production collaborations and simply network with the world’s major entertainment and media players. 


Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur will address the inaugural session through a video message to showcase India as a global hub for content creation at the 76th edition of Cannes's festival.

Four Indian films in Official Selection for Cannes

Four Indian films have made it to the official selection in Cannes Film Festival. Kanu Behl’s Agra will be his second film to have its world premiere at Cannes, at the Directors’ Fortnight. His 2014 debut film, Titli, was unveiled at the 'Un Certain Regard' section. Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy is being screened in Midnight Screenings and Nehemich in the La Cinef section of the Festival de Cannes. Apart from these, many Indian films are slotted for being screened in Marche du Films.

Restored Manipuri film ‘Ishanhou’ to be showcased in ‘Classics’ section

A restored Manipuri film ‘Ishanhou’, will be showcased in the ‘Classics’ section. The movie was previously played in the festival’s 'Un Certain Regard' section in 1991 and its film reels were preserved by the National Film Archive of India. The Manipur State Film Development Society got the film restored through the Film Heritage Foundation & Prasad Film Labs.


A series of interactive sessions will be organised throughout the festival at India Pavilion.

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