Cannes 2022 has officially begun and today is Day 2. From Deepika Padukone’s bohemian ensemble on Day 1 to the film lineup, here’s all you need to know. After an almost two-year hiatus (last year was a low-key, mostly virtual event), the much-anticipated Cannes Film Festival has begun. The last edition occurred in 2019. Not only does it come back larger and in a more grandiose avatar, this year has a special focus on India.
How so? India is the official “Country of Honour” at the Marche’ Du Film, which will be held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival in France. PM Narendra Modi also sent a message wishing India well during the festival.
DATE AND DETAILS FOR CANNES 2022
The 75th Cannes Film Festival from May 17-May 28 is being held in France. Unlike in 2021, Covid-19 protocols have been relaxed slightly for this year’s attendees. Celebrities from the global entertainment business will gather on the red carpet for the event.
WORLD PREMIERE OF ROCKETRY: THE NAMBI EFFECT
The film, directed by actor Madhavan, and is based on the life of Indian scientist Nambi Narayana. The film had an international premiere on Tuesday, and yes, to a VERY positive response. Madhavan, who is already in France, has been blogging about his experiences. The film marks his directorial debut and is a self-produced venture.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINE-UP
Animation Day, on May 22, on will feature ten professionals. And chosen from India is R. Madhavan’s “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect,” a biographical drama film depicting the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was wrongly accused of espionage, will be one of the festival’s highlights this year.
Alongside, India has been granted five films in the “Goes to Cannes Section.” The finalized four include:
Baghjan by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia – Assamese, Moran
Bailadila by Shailendra Sahu – Hindi, Chhattisgarhi
Ek Jagah Apni (A Space of Our Own) by Ektara Collective – Hindi
Follower by Harshad Nalawade – Marathi, Kannada, Hindi
Additionally, on May 22, one cinema theatre, “Olympia Screen,” will be dedicated solely to India for the screening of “Unreleased Movies.” This category too has five movies. The Cannes Classic area will screen a remastered classic of Satyajit Ray’s Pratidwandi to commemorate his centennial.
CANNES JURY MEMBER DEEPIKA PADUKONE
The Bollywood superstar is a festival staple. Deepika will not only walk the red carpet this time, but she will also be one of the eight jurors. The judges’ panel was introduced to the journalists gathering on the ground when the festival began on Tuesday, May 17. Deepika wearing a Sabyasachi suit is becoming viral on social media.
WHICH INDIAN CELEBRITIES WILL ATTEND CANNES 2022?
At Cannes this year, all eyes will be on India. Tamannaah Bhatia, Nayanthara, Pooja Hegde, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, AR Rahman, Hina Khan and Helly Shah are among the celebrities who have travelled to the French Riviera to attend the prestigious film festival. Akshay Kumar was also slated to walk the Cannes 2022 red carpet, but he had to decline after testing positive for Covid-19.
WHAT DOES “HONOUR COUNTRY” MEAN?
At the Marche Du Films being held at the Majestic Beach, the emphasis country is India. So, its movies, culture and tradition will be showcased. The evening would include performances by Indian choir bands, folk music, and fireworks. Both Indian and French cuisine would be provided. Five new Indian start-ups will be given the opportunity to pitch to the audio-visual sector under the “Country of Honour” aegis.