India is the ‘country of honour’ India has been announced as the official ‘country of honour’ at Marche’ Du Films, also called the Cannes Film Market, which starts on Tuesday. In a special message to the Indian delegation walking the red carpet today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “delighted with India’s participation” in the festival. The 75th year of the festival also marks the 75th year of diplomatic relations between India and France.
Prime Minister Modi said: “The rich heritage and cultural diversity are the strengths of India. We have many stories to explore. India has immense potential to become the content hub of the world. The Government of India remains steadfast in its efforts to make it easier to do business in the film industry.” He spoke of India being “the biggest movie producing country in the world”. “With films in many languages from different regions, the diversity of our film industry is remarkable,” he added.
Satyajit Ray’s 1970 film Pratidwandi will be featured in an exclusive screening at the festival. Prime Minister Modi spoke on the same, saying: “It is heartening to note that a film by one of India’s most renowned filmmakers, Satyajit Ray, has been restored for screening in the Cannes Classics section, as India celebrates the centenary of the birth of the legendary filmmaker.”
He also mentioned, “Movies and society are mirror images of each other. Cinema shows human emotions and expressions in an artistic way, uniting the world with a common thread of entertainment.”
The Indian pavilion in the Cannes Film Market It will present six films at the festival: Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (Hindi, English, Tamil), Godavari (Marathi), Alpha Beta Gamma (Hindi), Boomba Ride (Mishing), Dhuin (Maithili), and Niraye Thathakalulla Maram (Malayalam).