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68th Cannes Film Festival – Neeraj Gaywan’s Massan wins prizes

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At the  68th Cannes film festival held between May 13th to 24th May 2015 in France film maker Neeraj Gaywan’s ”Massan” which  has been the talk all over the world, got not only five minutes of standing ovation but also managed to win the FIPRESCI, the International Jury of Film Critics prize and the Promising Future  prize.

  • Inspite of the plot belonging to small Indian city of Varnasi, Massan[Crematorium Grounds] has left the entire world stunned.
  • Hyderabad  born director Neeraj said  that inspite of the film’s narrative rooted to Varnasi, the film talks on father daughter relationships, father son relationships.
  • The film  about love and friendship, emotions that transcend boundaries.
  • Raised in Maharastrian family, Neeraj was forced to learn Telugu after getting ragged in the CBIT college.
  • Neeraj Gaywan quit his corporate job at the same time he was writing for a blog called as Passion for Cinema, helmed by famous director Anurag Kashyap.
  • As an assitant to Anurag Kashyap in the film ”Gangs of Wasseypur”, Neeraj got himself involved fully from research to production and editing etc for nearly  two and half years.
  • Neeraj likes  to watch old Telugu  film classics like  Geetanjali, Sagara Sangamam etc
  • At the 68th Cannes film festival ,the coveted Palm d’Or award went to the film ”Dheepan” directed by France’s Jack Audiard, a story about Sr ilankan refugees trying  to build new lives in France.
  • The runner- up award went to ” Son of Saul” directed by Hungarian and Taiwan’s New Wave master Hou Hsiao-hsien was given the ‘‘Best Director” award.
  • Best Actor award went to French actor Vincent Lindon and Best Actress award was shared between  Emmanuelle Bercot and Rooney Mara.
  • The Jury Prize: The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
  • Screenplay: Michel Franco for Chronic.

 About Cannes Film Festival

  • Its annual film festival held at Cannes, France.
  • Founded in the year 1946.
  • It is the most prestigious film festival in the world.
  • The most prestigious award given at Cannes is Palme d’Or Golden Palm for the best film awarded first in 1955.