Cannes is more open to India now, we just need to dive in

The month of May this year saw the most colorful turnaround in the world of entertainment since the coronavirus pandemic brought us to our knees. On the cannes red carpet, a plethora of Indian celebrities sashayed down. The most known face is that of Deepika Padukone who held the fashion highest flag. Her appearances have … Read more

Kristen Stewart on body horror, Cronenberg and Cannes

In David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, in which an artist played by Viggo Mortensen has organs and tumors plucked from his body in performance art excavations, Kristen Stewart plays a timid bureaucrat swiftly passionately turned devotee. In Cronenberg’s film, a Cannes Film Festival entry opening June 3 in theaters, Stewart’s character, breathlessly excited by … Read more

From Deepika Padukone to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, here are the best looks from Cannes 2022

The most prestigious Film Festival in the world deserves an eclectic spread of all things grand. Cannes Film Festival – an arena that embraces the confluence of diverse cultures, and personalities and the art of exceptional filmmaking is also the annual hub of striking fashion statements. This year marked the first physical attendance of numerous … Read more

What does it mean to live in Ukraine? Filmmakers offer their answers

When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, my social media feeds filled with denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and listicles recommending how best to support Ukraine. This all made me feel a bit sheepish. Suddenly, Ukra inian cinema was relevant, and a familiar, woozy feeling returned: What use is any of this against the … Read more

Armageddon Time, portrait of white privilege, stirs Cannes

“It’s my story, in a way,” said Gray. “And you guys shared it with me.” “It took every last bit of control not to burst out into tears,” Gray said, still recovering the next day in Cannes. “It’s been a really strange journey making the film and my father died two months ago of COVID. … Read more

Cannes 2022: Death is a recurring theme in some of the Indian films at the festival

Death loomed large from the beginning. The official opening of the Cannes Film Festival was delayed by World War II. When it raised its curtain, it gave Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar (1946) the Palme d’Or (then called the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film) for the Best Film, the only Indian film with that … Read more

How the sari changed meaning on the Cannes red carpet

There’s this image of actor Deepika Padukone in a Bengal tiger-stripe couture sari, from the Cannes film festival, that its designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee says has several stories to tell. Like the fact that each of the stripes was block-printed and hand-embroidered with sequins, an example of our traditional craftsmanship that could fit as easily as … Read more

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy opens Cannes Film Festival, asks filmmakers to dictators

The 75th Cannes Film kicked off Tuesday with an eye turned into Russia’s war in Ukraine and a live satellite video address from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who called on a new generation of filmmakers to confront dictators as Charlie Chaplin satirized Adolf Hitler. After tributes and musical numbers, Zelenskyy was streamed live for the … Read more