The Cannes Festival or Festival de Cannes was founded in the year 1939. It is considered one of the most prestigious film festivals among the world along with the Berlin International Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. Until 2002, this celebrated festival was known by the name of International Film Festival. The festival is known to preview new movies of all genres, including non-fiction films and documentaries. The participating countries are from all over the world and a jury is appointed for choosing the films that will be previewed, and judging them for the Palme d’Or or Golden Palm Award.
There are a wide variety of categories of films that are screened at the festival ranging from full-length feature films to short films. Some of the categories include:
In competition – These are the films which are part of the competition.
Out of competition – These are the films which are not the part of the competition.
Short films– Short films which are participating in the competition.
Cannes classics – Showcasing classics with new or restored prints.
Director’s Fortnight – This section was started in 1969, where they screened the best of the entries from all the categories.
India has also been participating in the festival since its inception, and every year we see our superstars walking the red carpet in their best dresses. India has won a lot of accolades since the year 1946. Here are some of the movies that have won awards at the festival.
Neecha Nagar (1946)
This was Chetan Anand’s directorial debut and India’s first win at the festival. The anti-imperialist film focused on the vast differences between the rich and the poor in Indian society. It is also remembered for Pandit Ravi Shankar’s first cinematic score.
Pather Panchali (1956)
This was a landmark movie in Indian cinema. It was Pandit Jawarharal Nehru who ensured that this Satyajit Ray masterpiece got an entry into the festival.
Mrinal Sen’s tragic drama, Kharij won the Special Jury Prize at the 1983 Cannes festival.
Salaam Bombay (1988)
Mira Nair’s documentary-narrative Salaam Bombay, also her first feature film, won both the Camera d’Or and the Audience Award at the 1988 festival. The film also won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Malayalam director Shaji N. Karun’s debut film Piravi, won the Caméra d’Or – Mention d’honneur Award at Cannes in 1989. Piravi also won about 12 international awards.
A Very Very Silent Film (2002)
In 2002, Manish Jha’s short film, A Very Very Silent Film, won the Jury Prize for the Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Lunchbox (2013)
After more than a decade, filmmaker Ritesh Batra won an award and brought it home for his debut movie The Lunchbox.
This year Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 will premiere at Cannes Director’s Fortnight. We wish the best for him and the movie.