The official country of honour for the Cannes Film Market will be India, which will take place from May 17 to May 25. In honour of the country’s 75th year of independence, which also happens to be the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, a brand-new restoration of Indian cinema legend Satyajit Ray’s rare film Pratidwandi will be screened in an exclusive screening at the film gala.
According to the festival’s press release, Pratidwandi is being restored as part of the National Film Heritage Mission, a project spearheaded by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Prime Focus Technologies in Mumbai handled the restoration, and acclaimed Indian cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee supervised the grading. The National Film Archive of India (NFDC) presents the restored version.
Apart from Pratidwandi, a completely new 4K restoration of the Hollywood classic Singin’ In The Rain will be shown.
The Boulevard de la Croisette will host a screening of the 1952 Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen picture, which chronicles the transition from silent to talkies. At the event, the Indian film Thampu (The Circus Tent), directed by Aravindan Govindan in 1978, will receive its Restoration World Premiere. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has already been announced as a member of the competition jury for the festival’s upcoming edition, alongside prominent names like actor-filmmaker Rebecca Hall and Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi.
Padukone is a member of the eight-member jury that will award the coveted Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in competition during the closing ceremony. She is most known for her films Piku, Padmaavat, and Gehraiyaan, as well as the Hollywood project xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.