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Nine Indian films to be screened at Cannes Film Festival

Nine Indian films to be screened at Cannes Film Festival

The 75th Cannes Film Festival starts today and India has become the first to be chosen as the official 'country of honour' at the Marche' Du Films (also known as the Cannes Film Market).

The Information and Broadcasting ministry chose six Indian films - Rocketry, Godavari, Boomba Ride, Dhuin, Niraye Thathakalulla Maram, and Alpha Beta Gamma - to be screened at the prestigious section. While these films are not part of the competition section, they will be exposed to a diverse international audience.

Marche du Film or Cannes Market runs parallel to the Cannes film festival. A dedicated India Forum will be organised to position India as the content hub of the world. The pavilion will be live-streamed online.

Rocketry – The Nambi Effect is R Madhavan's directorial debut and the actor himself plays the lead role of the former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation. Based on true events, Nambi Narayanan was accused of being a spy and fought his case for years. Marathi film Godavari and Hindi film Alpha Beta Gamma have already been to national film festivals and explored familial ties.

Two of the movies Boomba Ride and Dhuin are representing indigenous communities of Mishing (a tribe in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) and Maithil people. Malayalam film Niraye Thathakalulla Maram has also made it to the list.

In an exclusive screening, Satyajit Ray's 1970 film Pratidwandi will also be shown in the official classics section. G Aravindan's 'Thampu' is also being screened at the same session.

Saunak Sen's documentary 'All That Breathes' will be seen in the Special Screenings section. The movie already premiered at Sundance Film Festival. It is rare for Cannes to accept a film that already premiered elsewhere. The documentary deals with the concern for the environment and political atmosphere of Delhi.

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