"Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the whole world."- Jean-Luc Godard
"When a French-born film director and an acknowledged pioneer of radical new wave cinema, Jean-Luc Godard says this, I mentally prepare myself to be readily submitted to this beautiful fraud as I finish my registration at the 70th Festival de Cannes in the very first half."
"It's one day before the Opening Ceremony, and the venue displays an unusual spectacle of groundwork and exact composition of traditional positioning of the festival. Ultra glamorous and still classy, the entire Cannes township looks like one mega ramp with almost everyone walking with their forbidding style quotient," reports Girish Wankhede, the Indian Distribution Consultant and founder of entity one entertainment solutions for WittyFeed. He'll bring us the quickest and engaging updates about our favourite celebrities and things that matter to us, straightly from Cannes.
Let's have a look!
I walk with an acquired poise of a new energy pill called 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' and look around the establishment. Super enthusiastic and upbeat, I try to figure out if we have something to celebrate this year in Cannes. To my dismay, I gather that we don't have any entry in the official selection of screenings, leave the Competition or even Uncertain Regards.
At first, it was Vikramaditya Motwane's directorial debut film, Udaan, which was selected to be screened at Cannes Film Festival 2010 in the Un Certain Regard section.
In the same way, the directorial debut film by Neeraj Ghaywan, Masaan, was premiered at 2015 Cannes Film Festival. How can we forget that memorable moment, it had won two awards, FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
Yes, we do have one short film made by Pune's FTII graduate, Payal Kapadia as the sole Indian film in the official selection. The selected film is one of the 16 entries that got selected out of odd 2,600 short films submitted in Cinefondation Competition for Film schools across the world.
And it's a sad picture to see here. We do argue that we don't need Cannes to acknowledge our Indian Films, but in the dark down there all of us know how hollow we sound. We understand how we adore Oscars and how we fall for Palme d'Or every year. We aspire to be there, and there is nothing to be ashamed of.
The way we hastily claim that Baahubali is our answer to Gladiator and The Lord of the Rings, we also at least should now agree to the fact that that we don't produce a single film to be represented in Cannes or Oscars. Our journalist friends and filmmakers come here every year to admire world cinema and cut corners when are asked about quality Indian films.
We need to buckle up our senses, the Independent Cinema has always been innovative and representative in the real sense, and the Majidi and Almodovar have proved it over and over again.
We have almost reached there. Angamaly Diaries is one excellent example. We just have to score now. We can't wait forever at the tip of the cliff waiting for a 'muhurat' to take a leap.
One senior bureaucrat who just landed from Delhi for the festival broke the news that he specifically wrote to the Honourable Prime Minister that we don't need any minister flying down here as we don't have any cinema to talk about, leave screening.
He adds further that "The Prime Minister has agreed and the trip of Minister is cancelled. It's better we don't discuss Pather Panchali and Satyajit Ray anymore. With due respect to him and all, we need our current Cinema to look better and seen better at better platforms."
But, are we going to put fire on the screening day as well? Only time can tell.