Move Beyond The Red Carpet! Here’s 7 Indian Films That’s Turning Heads At Cannes 2024

While the Cannes Film Festival often grabs attention with its glamorous red carpet and celebrities in stunning outfits, there’s much more to the event than fashion. This year, Indian cinema is making a significant impact at the 77th Cannes Film Festival with a variety of films that showcase unique stories.

Moving beyond the glitz and glamour, let’s focus on these Indian films that premiered at Cannes:

The most important of all the Indian films showcased at Cannes this year is ‘All We Imagine As Light’ by Payal Kapadia. This film is competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or award, marking the first Indian entry in this category in nearly 30 years.

‘Santosh’ by Sandhya Suri has been selected for the Un Certain Regard section. It tells the story of a newly widowed woman who becomes a police constable and gets involved in a murder investigation.

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‘Sunflowers Were The First Ones To Know’ is a 16-minute short film made by Chidananda S Naik, a student of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), and is competing in the La Cinef section.

A restored version of ‘Manthan’, a 1976 classic by Shyam Benegal starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Girish Karnad and Amrish Puri, is being shown in the Cannes Classics section.

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‘Sister Midnight’ is a dark comedy starring Radhika Apte. A creation of Karan Kandhari, it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section. It is the only Indian film selected for the Cannes sidebar.


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‘Bunnyhood’, a film by Meerut-born Mansi Maheshwari, secured a spot in the La Cinef category. It was her graduation project at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in London.


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‘In Retreat’, a film by Maisam Ali, a Ladakh native born in Iran, was screened under the ACID (Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema) section in Cannes, which promotes independent cinema.

We hope to catch all these films someday!

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