65th Cannes Film Festival begins today

And it’s a big year for India at the 12-day-long event ‘coz four Indian films have made it for the official screenings

It’s that time of the year when filmmakers across the globe pack their best garb and take off to the French Riveria to watch some of the finest works of cinema made over the year. In the recent years, a lot Indian directors and producers have headed to the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. And not willing to be left behind in all the international hype and hoopla, B-town beauties like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Mallika Sherawat, Sonam Kapoor and others cash in on their 30-seconds of fame, walking the coveted red carpet with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet. Yet, Indians are far from impressing the international film fraternity.

But 2012 is going to be different, or so they say. Simply coz four films – stories about Indians made in India by Indian filmmakers – will be screened at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival that kicks off today. The films are: Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur – part one and two, Peddlers, Ashim Ahluwalia’s Miss Lovely and Uday Shankar’s classic Kalpana. Anurag, a regular at Cannes, whose films have been selected this year too says, “This is the biggest year so far for India in the history of Cannes, because itni filmein ek saath kabhi nahin gayin (so many films have never been selected in one year). Jab Ray ki film jaati thi, toh ek Ray ki jaati thi, ya ek Mrinalda ki gayi thi (Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen’s films have been selected, but it’s just one film).”

The indie filmmaker elucidates that the movies selected aren’t part of the paid screening at the festival. “There are four official sections, which are the competitive ones and the ones where movies are selected on merit,” he explains. “Then there’s the Market – the Marche du Film. For the Market, anyone can go… So the films that have gone from India go for the market, which is simply a paid screening.”

With a little more clarity on the prestigious event, it seems at last we will make noise for the right reasons and not just our silly red carpet adventures at the 12-day long jamboree!