Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia’s ‘All We Imagine as Light’ wins Grand Prix at Cannes 2024

Indian Filmmaker Payal Kapadia

International critics gave the film a thumbs up and praised Payal Kapadia.

Filmmaker Payal Kapadia made history on Saturday as her spellbinding drama “All We Imagine as Light” won the Grand Prix award at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

The film won the award at the closing ceremony of the 77th edition, the festival’s second-most prestigious award after the Palme d’Or.

Ms Kapadia’s feature directorial debut, which was released on Thursday night and received glowing reviews in the international press, has already written its name into the history books after becoming the first Indian film in 30 years and the first by an Indian woman director. Displayed in the main competition.

The audience gave a standing ovation for the screening of the film for eight minutes. “All We Imagine as Light”, a Malayalam-Hindi feature, is about Prabha, a nurse who receives an unexpected visit from her long-estranged husband that turns her life upside down. Her younger roommate, Anu, tries in vain to find a private place in the big city to be alone with her lover.

According to the plotline, one day two nurses go on a road trip to a seaside town where a mysterious forest becomes a place to manifest their dreams.

International critics have given the film a thumbs up and praised Ms. Kapadia’s storytelling prowess.

An alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Ms Kapadia is best known for her acclaimed documentary “A Night of Knowing Nothing”, which premiered at the Directors Fortnight side-bar of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where she won the Oil D. ‘Or (Golden Eye) Award.

Her short film “Afternoon Clouds” at Cinefondation, a category dedicated to supporting the next generation of talented filmmakers. “All We Imagine as Light” is an Indo-French co-production between France’s Petit Chaos and India’s Chalk and Cheese Films.

The jury for the main competition was chaired by filmmaker Greta Gerwig and consisted of Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, Turkish actor-screenwriter Ebru Ceylan, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, American actor Lily Gladstone, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, Lebanese actor-Labaki and the directing cast. was included. French star Eva Green and French actor Omar Sy.

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