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Cannes Film Festival 2022: All you need to know post the pandemic

The 75th annual Cannes Film Festival is an upcoming film festival scheduled to take place from 17 to 28 May 2022.

Cannes Film Festival 2022: All you need to know post the pandemic
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The Cannes Festival is a major film festival held in Cannes, France. It screens new films of all genres, including documentaries, from across the globe. 

After the pandemic canceled the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and the 2021 edition was toned restricted — even kisses on the red carpet were prohibited — the glitzy French Riviera movie party is ready to return with a festival that promises to be fun despite the minimum restrictions. 

What passes for normality in Cannes has never been very ordinary, but it has proven impressively resistant to the volatility of time. Since its inception in 1946, during International War II, Cannes has lasted as a maximalist extravaganza that highlights world film and Cote d’Azur elegance. 

CANNES 2022

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Cannes, and the Film Festival will again resonate with the echoes of a not-so-far-away conflict like the previous year. The event that opens up this Tuesday will witness several films being showcased at the event. It is a matter of pride for a filmmaker to grace their presence with their film showcased at this festival.  

This year, the festival and its organizers have banned Russians with official links from attending the festival.   Instead, Several films by notable Ukrainian directors will be shown, including Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary”The Natural History of Destruction”. Hanna Bilobrova, his fiancée, will also present footage recorded by Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaraviius before he got assassinated in Mariupol in April.

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At the same time, Cannes will invite more Hollywood stars than it has in the previous three years. “Top Gun: Maverick,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, will be screened soon before its theatrical release. Tom Cruise will walk the red carpet and sit for a once-in-a-lifetime interview.

CANNES 2022 AND COVID

Even with a full lineup of Cannes all-stars, how much can the festival really return to its origins? While last year’s version included masking within cinemas alongside frequent COVID-19 testing for guests.

This year, Some processes in the Cannes market, where film distribution rights are purchased and traded, continue to be virtual. Well before the event, first meet-and-greets with sellers, in which executives and producers often hop between hotels along the Croisette, were mostly held on Zoom.

Undoubtedly, Indian films have worldwide viewers and, with the Cannes festival just around the corner, there is a buzz that several Bollywood personalities will grace the red carpet. Several films will also be screened at the festival for the world to witness the magic of Indian cinema.

Here are the several Indian Films that will be screened at the Cannes Festival on May 17th

Cannes Film Festival 2022: All you need to know post the pandemic

R Madhavan’s Rocketry

It is a biographical film that portrays the experience of Nambi Narayanan, an Indian aerospace engineer who was wrongfully accused of terrorism.

Nikhil Mahajan’s Marathi film

The Godavari will also be presented during the festival. It focuses on Nishikant Deshmukh, who lives in an ancient mansion. According to the narrative, “Nishi and his family have been rental collectors for centuries.” They possess ample land in the historic area of town. His grandpa, Naropant, has dementia, but his father, Nilkanth, has chosen to forget.’

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Dhuin

Directed by Anchal Mishra, Is the story about  Pankaj, an aspiring actor, who earns a living by performing street musicals for the local municipality in the film. Pankaj hopes to make sufficient money in a month to go to Mumbai. However, the COVID-19 lockdown has had an impact on his ambitions.

Alpha Beta Gamma

Directed by Shankar Srikumar. It tells the narrative of three people: a lady about to divorce her husband, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and the woman’s lover, who are all trapped in one house during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Tree Full of Parrots

Directed by Jayaraj will also be shown at the festival. It follows the story of Poonjan, an eight-year-old child who lives by the backwaters and works to support his family, which includes an alcoholic father, grandpa, and great-grandfather.

Boomba Ride

Directed by Biswajeet Bora. The film is a criticism of the widespread corruption in India’s rural education system.

We cannot wait to see some of our favorite celebrities grace the red carpet this year. It is a moment of excitement since Cannes is back like the pre-pandemic days. It is going to be a jam-packed event with films, fashion, and much more in store for everyone.

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Written By

Sweta Choudhury is an Entertainment News Analyst and Content Writer at Empire Weekly. She is a journalism and mass communication student at Amity University, Noida.

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