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72nd edition of Cannes Film Festival to begin today; India pavilion to be opened

The 10-day festival will see a heady mix of star names and newcomers. The India Pavilion, will also be inaugurated at the festival. The week long India Pavilion will have its opening on May 15, several Bollywood celebrities will mark their presence at the event.

It’s curtains up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival later this evening and all eyes are on some of the biggest films which will be in competition will be Quentin Tarantino’s  much awaited “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. Jim Jarmusch’s comedy-horror starring Bill Murray and Iggy Pop “The Dead Don’t Die”. Elton John’s biopic, “Rocketman”.

And once again the India Pavilion at the festival will showcase Indian cinema across linguistic, cultural and regional diversity. The aim is to forge international partnerships in every aspect of film production and distribution. The Pavilion is being set up jointly by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and FICCI. The Indian Delegation this year is being led by Secretary I&B Amit Khare. The Film Delegation includes Prasoon Joshi, Chairman, CBFC and acclaimed filmmakers Rahul Rawail, Shaji N. Karun and Madhur Bhandarkar. A key focus area of the Indian Delegation this year will be to promote the Golden Jubilee Edition of International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa later this year. A specially designed IFFI poster for the Golden Jubilee Edition will also be released during the Festival.

This year, the Cannes festival’s jury – besides president Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu,  is made up of four women and four men for the first time. Four female directors are competing for the top award, out of 21 films. Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” will be in contention for the top award. Almodovar presided over the Cannes jury two years ago. British director Ken Loach, who won the Palme D’Or in 2016 with “I, Daniel Blake”, has returned with “Sorry We Missed You”. Netflix movies will once again be absent from the film festival.

The 72nd edition of the Cannes festival will end on May 25th, with a total of 21 films are in the fray for the competition. And, multiple screening and premiers of films from across the world are also scheduled.

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