4 Indian movies screened at Cannes Film Festival 2023

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With every eye on Cannes and the films that people can watch at the festival, India has its own list of 4 Indian movies screened at Cannes Film Festival 2023

India has had its own share of representation when it comes to becoming a part of one of the global events that celebrate cinema. But we have always managed to send in some incredible movies for the world to witness and appreciate our art of filmmaking. And Cannes Film Festival 2023 is no different for the Indian movie extraordinaire and their stories. 

The annual event that is held in Cannes, France is an event that everyone around the world looks forward to. While some have their eyes on the red-carpet fashion, most are always on the lookout for some movie magic. Getting to have the opportunity to know about new filmmakers and also indulge themselves in a new culture has the moviegoers and the makers excited for what the event has to offer.

Indian cinema has been chosen for various categories and has also won critical praise from the world. Last year, India served as the official Country of Honour at Cannes and this year and this year too India will be fairly represented with celebrities attending the event. Union Minister Anurag Thakur took to his social media and revealed this year's theme for the Indian Pavilion which is 'Showcasing India's Creative Economy'. What is even more exciting for the Indian audience is that 3 Indian films have been shortlisted to be screened at the event.

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Keep scrolling through to know more about these films:

Agra: The only Indian film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival's Directors' Fortnight section, Agra is directed by Kanu Behl which is also his second Cannes premiere, following his debut feature Titli, which opened in the Un Certain Regard section in 2014. Agra revolves around an individual and his sexual odyssey and is an attempt to dive deep into the inner entrails of desire and male sexual repression. The movie starring Rahul Roy is the second Indian film to make its global debut at the Cannes Film Festival and also stars Priyanka Bose, Mohit Agarwal, and Ruhani Sharma. Veteran actresses Vibha Chibber, Sonal Jha, and Aanchal Goswami play significant parts in the film as well. The sexual dynamic of a family is crucial to Agra.


Kennedy: A film by Anurag Kashyap, Kennedy revolves around an ex-cop with insomnia who is presumed to be long dead but he finds himself in undefined circumstances and is looking for a way to find redemption. He’s secretly working for the corrupt system. Defined as a neo-noir thriller, the film stars Rahul Bhatt, Benedict Garrett and Sunny Leone. The film has been chosen for the festival's Midnight Screenings segment, which will take place from May 16 to 27. 

Ishanou: The movie follows the life of young Tampha, who has a caring partner and a young daughter, and enjoys an idyllic lifestyle in the Manipur valley. It then follows her through the ordeal of having her family find out about her sickness and the journey after that. The movie is also an acclaimed 1990 film 'Ishanou' by the renowned Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma that was restored by The Film Heritage Foundation, based in Mumbai, as part of their initiative to revive and preserve India's forgotten cinematic treasures. The movie will premiere at Cannes on May 19.


Nehemich: This film talks about a girl who hopes to elope with her lover while she is banished from her village to a dilapidated hut during her periods. Helmed by Yudhajit Basu, the story is set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nehemich stars Bhakti Makarand Athawale, Sakshi Dighe and Gadharva Gulvelkar and will be presented at the Short films section at Cannes.


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