Nandita Das strikes luck at Cannes with Manto, festival’s official line announced
Nandita Das’s Manto will be part of the Cannes Film Festival’s official line - which was announced in Paris a while ago -- by Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux.
Indian actor-director Nandita Das has made it to the Cannes Film Festival with her Manto, a kind of biographical sketch of the radical Pakistani thinker and writer, Sadat Hasan Manto. This will be her second movie after the 2008 Firaaq - a political thriller set a month after the terrible 2002 Gujarat riots in which thousands were butchered by marauding mobs.
Das’s Manto will be part of the festival’s official line - which was announced in Paris a while ago by the general-delegate, Thierry Fremaux.
Das had introduced Manto at Cannes last year with a short trailer. It stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the title role along with Rasika Duggal as the writer’s wife. Ismat Chughat, Manto’s friend and another radical thinker, will be essayed by Rajshri Deshpande. Rishi Kapoor has a minor part, and Tahir Raj Bhasin will be seen as the 1940’s Bollywood superstar, Shyam Chaddha - who was Manto’s confidant and inspiration for a number of stories he penned.
Manto will be part of A Certain Regard, which is usually a canvas for experimentally bold features.
Incidentally, no Indian has made it to Cannes Competition in many years.
In the all-important Competition, the American big name, Spike Lee, will present his BlacKKKlansman, and Iran’s enfant terrible Jafar Panahi his Three Faces.
At the moment, Panahi is under some sort of house arrest in Tehran, and is facing a 20-year ban on making movies. However, he has refused to be cowed down making films on the sly. His Taxi, which won the Golden Bear at Berlin a couple of years ago, was a bold venture by Panahi who disguised himself as a cabbie, drove down the streets of Tehran, picked passengers, recorded their conversations with a small camera placed on the dashboard and made a movie out of all these.
Fremaux told the press conference that the festival would write to the Iranian authorities to allow Panahi to travel to Cannes and present his film. Some years ago, Cannes had placed an empty chair on the podium to assert its displeasure at what was happening to Panahi. He was to have served on the Cannes jury that year, if my memory serves me right.
As already written in these columns, Asghar Farhadi’s (also from Iran) Spanish work, Everybody Knows - starring that delightfully brilliant acting husband-wife duo, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, will get the festival on the French Riviera rolling on the evening of May 8. The 12-day festival, often called the Queen of All, will end on May 19.
Here is the lineup - as of now - because Cannes will add a few more names before it opens.
Everbody Knows, Asghar Farhadi (opening film)
En Guerre (At War), Stéphane Brizé
Dogman, Matteo Garrone
Le Livre D’image, Jean-Luc Godard
Netemo Sametemo (Asako I & Ii), Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Plaire Aimer Et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel), Christophe Honoré
Les Filles Du Soleil (Girls Of The Sun), Eva Husson
Ash Is Purest White, Jia Zhang-Ke
Shoplifters, Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Capharnaüm (Capernaum), Nadine Labaki
Buh-Ning (Burning), Lee Chang-Dong
Blackkklansman, Spike Lee
Under The Silver Lake, David Robert Mitchell
3 Faces, Jafar Panahi
Zimna Wojna (Cold War), Pawel Pawlikowski
Lazzaro Felice, Alice Rohrwacher
Yomeddine, A.B Shawky
Leto (L’été), Kirill Serebrennikov
Out Of Competition:
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard
Le Grand Bain, Gilles Lellouche
Un Certain Regard
Border, Ali Abassi
Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Bi Gan
Manto, Nandita Das
Girl, Lukas Dhont
Gueule D’ange (Angel Face), Vanessa Filho
Euphoria, Valeria Golino
Rafiki (Friend), Wanuri Kahiu
Mon Tissu Préféré (My Favorite Fabric), Gaya Jiji
Die Stropers (The Harvesters), Etienne Kallos
In My Room, Ulrich Köhler
El Angel, Luis Ortega
The Gentle Indifference Of The World, Adilkhan Yerzhanov
À Genoux Les Gars (Sextape), Antoine Desrosières
Ten Years In Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The State Against Mandela And The Others, Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte
O Grande Circo Místico (Le Grand Cirque Mystique), Carlo Diegues
Les Âmes Mortes (Dead Souls), Wang Bing
À Tous Vents (To The Four Winds), Michel Toesca
La Traversée, Romain Goupil
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, Wim Wenders
Arctic, Joe Penna
Gongjak (The Spy Gone North), Yoon Jong-Bing
(Gautaman Bhaskaran has covered Cannes Film Festival for 28 years.)
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First Published: Apr 12, 2018 16:57:56