Seven Indo-Pak movies shortlisted for Festival De Cannes


WEB DESK: 69th Cannes Film Festival starts May 11th and will continue for the next 11 days. With all the glitz and glamour that will circulate the media, with stars flown all over the world, the festival is definitely a grand affair. Considered to be an honor, the movies that are shortlisted and screened at Cannes go down in the history. 

The Indian Cinema has this honor under their name, but Pakistan film industry is right with them this year. Three Pakistani movies and four Indian movies are shortlisted for screening at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

Here are the names and their makers to have been a part of the prestigious festival.

1. JAGO HUA SAVERA

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Motion Poster-Jago Hua Savera

Jago Hua Savera (Day Shall Dawn) will be screened in Cannes Classics this year. Shot in Dhaka and a collaboration between the then East and West Pakistan, Jago Hua Savera was Pakistan’s first submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category to the Academy.

2. BLOOD MONEY

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Still Shot from Blood Money

The movie is directed by Jamil Dehlavi, and is about the CIA agent Ramon Davis and his arrest in Karachi. Followed by this the movie also has an aspect of murder of young Pakistani mugger. and the subsequent two million dollars blood money that was involved in the process of his release from jail.

3. TIGER TIGER

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Motion Poster: Tiger Tiger

Irish short film Tiger Tiger, scheduled to screen at the festival, also has a Pakistani connection. The film has been co-produced by filmmaker Nabhan Karim of Wormhole Productions and is a mystery drama that revolves around an unnamed protagonist who seeks help from his bartender friend to dispose off a body one odd night.

Tiger Tiger – Teaser Trailer from Wormhole Productions on Vimeo.

4. RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0

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Motion Poster: Raman Raghav 2.0

The film, based on 1960’s serial killer by the same name, has Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead role. From what we saw in the trailer, it looks like Kashyap and Siddiqui are about to create some magic on the big screen! This one would be premiered in Directors’ Fortnight, a prestigious parallel section at Cannes, in which Anurag’s previous films, Gangs Of Wasseypur and Ugly have been screened before.

5. THE CINEMA TRAVELERS

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Still Shot from the Movie

Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s The Cinema Travellers, is the only Indian documentary set to be screened at Cannes this year. And it looks at the disappearing travelling talkies of rural Maharashtra. The 96-minute film, made over a period of eight years with the support of the India Foundation for the Arts is part of the festival’s Cannes Classics section, which includes nine documentaries on cinema history.

6. MEMORIES AND MY MOTHER

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Aditya Vikram Sengupta

Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Memories And My Mother will be screened at the Cannes Atelier, a section that helps new projects get off the ground.  Talking about the film, Sengupta had said earlier that the film is an emotional response to a city Kolkata where he grew up.

7. BAAHUBALI

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Baahubali is all set to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Director SS Rajamouli will lead a discussion on virtual reality (VR) at the Marché du Film, a film market event taking place alongside the festival. While the film itself will be screened at the fest following the panel discussion.

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