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Overview of 75th Cannes film Festival at Cannes, France

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75th Cannes film Festival held from May 17 - 28, 2022

On May 17-28, 2022, the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival was held at Cannes, France. Its official poster was designed as homage to American Film, The Truman Show (1998).

Following are the highlights of the Festival:

India: Shaunak Sen’s Documentary All That Breathes wins L’OEil D’Or Award 2022

An Indian Filmmaker from Delhi, Shaunak Sen’s ‘All That Breathes’ won the prestigious – 2022 L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) for the best documentary at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. This film had earlier won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

  • Recently, the documentary was acquired by American Television Network, HBO (Home Box Office).
  • The award was created in 2015 by French-speaking authors’ society LaScam in collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival. It includes a cash prize of 5,000 euros.

Key Points:

i.Movie Concept– The brothers, regardless of the deteriorating air quality and stifling social issues in the national capital, devote themselves to rescuing migratory black kites.

ii.In 2021, filmmaker Payal Kapadia had won the award for her documentary, A Night of Knowing Nothing.

Triangle of Sadness wins Palme d’Or 2022 

A Swedish comedy movie ‘Triangle of Sadness’ directed by Ruben Östlund won the Palme d’Or award 2022. The movie also won Prix C.S.T. de l’Artiste-Technicien, 2022 award.

  • Its production countries were Sweden, France, United Kingdom, Germany.
  • It is for the 2nd time Ruben Östlund’s directed movie won this award. Earlier, his movie ‘The Square’ in 2017.

About Palme d’Or:

It is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.[1] It was introduced in 1955 by the festival’s organizing committee. It is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry.

Tom Cruise & Forest Whitaker conferred with Honorary Palme d’Or 2022

An American Actor/Script Writer Tom Cruise, and Actor Forest Whitaker conferred with Honorary Palme d’Or Award 2022. Tom Cruise’s film Top Gun: Maverick also premiered at the festival.

About Honorary Palme d’Or:

In 2002 the Cannes festival began to occasionally award a non-competitive Honorary Palme d’Or to directors or actors who had achieved a notable body of work but who had never won a competitive Palme d’Or.

Other Key Awards:

Award CategoryMovieCountryDirector
Short Film Palme d’OrThe Water MurmursChinaJianying Chen
Short Film Special DistinctionLoriNepalAbinash Bikram Shah
The Grand Prix (Ex Aequo)Stars at NoonFranceClaire Denis
The Grand Prix (Ex Aequo)CloseBelgium, France, The NetherlandsLukas Dhont
Jury Prize (Ex Aequo)The Eight MountainsItaly, Belgium, FranceFelix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch
Jury Prize (Ex Aequo)EOPoland, ItalyJerzy Skolimowski
Best DirectorDecision to LeaveSouth KoreaPark Chan-wook
75th anniversary PrizeTori And LokitaBelgium, FranceJean-Pierre Dardenne , Luc Dardenne

  • Award for Best Actor- Song Kang Ho from South Korea for Movie- Broker (South Korea).The film was directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu.
  • Award for Best Actress- Zar Amir Ebrahimi from Iran for Movie- Holy Spider. Its production countries were Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France.The film was directed by Ali ABBASI.

Other Awards:

  • Un Certain Regard: Un Certain Regard Prize – LES PIRES (THE WORST ONES) directed by Lise AKOKA & Romane GUERET.
  • Jury Prize – JOYLAND directed by Saim SADIQ.
  • Best Director Prize – Alexandru BELC for METRONOM.
  • Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded) – Vicky KRIEPS in CORSAGE directed by Marie KREUTZER & Adam BESSA in HARKA directed by Lotfy NATHAN.
  • Best Screenplay Prize – MEDITERRANEAN FEVER directed by Maha HAJ.
  • Coup de cœur Prize -RODEO directed by Lola QUIVORON.
  • Caméra d’or WAR PONY directed by Riley KEOUGH and Gina GAMMELL, presented as part of the UN CERTAIN REGARD Official Selection.
  • Special Mention – PLAN 75 directed by HAYAKAWA Chie.
  • La Cinef – First Prize :IL BARBIERE COMPLOTTISTA (A Conspiracy Man) directed by Valerio FERRARA, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie.
  • Second Prize: DI ER (Somewhere) directed by LI Jiahe, Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, Chine.
  • Joint Third Prize -GLORIOUS REVOLUTION directed by Masha NOVIKOVA, London Film School, Royaume Uni & LES HUMAINS SONT CONS QUAND ILS S’EMPILENT (Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together) directed by Laurène FERNANDEZ, La CinéFabrique, France

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Important Highlights: India, 1st ‘Country of Honour’ at Cannes Film Market

i.As India and France are marking 75 years of their diplomatic ties, in this context,  India has been named the first ‘Country of Honour’ at Marche du Film or Cannes Market which was also organized alongside Cannes Festival. This status ensured India’s presence as Focus Country at Marche du Film.

ii.India has been given an opportunity to pitch 5 selected movies at the “Goes to Cannes Section”. These movies are part of the Work In Progress lab under the Film Bazaar:

  1. Baghjan by Jaicheng Zxai Dohutia – Assamese, Moran
  2. Bailadila by Shailendra Sahu – Hindi, Chhattisgarhi
  3. Ek Jagah Apni (A Space of Our Own) by Ektara Collective – Hindi
  4. Follower by Harshad Nalawade – Marathi, Kannada, Hindi
  5. Shivamma by Jai Shankar – Kannada

These movies were selected by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), Film Bazaar and India’s National Film Development Corporation. These films are in post-production, still looking for sales agents, distributors or festival exposure.

iii.India’s celebration of centenary of Late Filmmaker Satyajit Ray continues at Cannes as his remastered classic ‘Pratidwandi’ was screened at the Cannes Classic section Cinema de la plage.

iv.India’s participation at this edition of the Cannes Film Festival marked with World Premiere of the Movie ‘Rocketry’ produced by Actor Ranganathan Madhavan. 

v.India is also a ‘Country of Honour at the Cannes Next’, under which 5 new Start-Ups were given an opportunity to pitch to the Audio-Visual Industry. Ten professionals will participate in the Animation Day networking.

vi.India’s pavilion at the festival was inaugurated by Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, MIB which was focused at branding India as Content Hub of the World.

  • He also unveiled the poster for 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

Other Important Highlights:

i.Indian Actress Deepika Padukone served as the jury members of 75th Cannes film Festival along with ranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, and Swedish actress Noomi Rapace.

  • It was chaired by French actor Vincent Lindon.

ii.Union Minister Anurag Thakur and his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr Hasan Mahmud jointly released a 90-second intriguing trailer of the India – Bangladesh co-production feature film on ‘Bangabandhu’

  • The film is named Mujib – The Making of a Nation and has been directed by Shyam Benegal.

Recent Related News:

i.On 16 March, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd (KMBL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Business France, a French National agency involved in exports and international investments in France, to provide support to companies in the Indo-French corridor.

ii.French virologist Luc Montagnier, who led the team in 1983 that identified the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), has died.

About Cannes Festival:

Establishment– 1946
Frequency– Annual
Location– Cannes, France