India’s first Palme d’Or contender in 30 years, all you need to know about what we envision Prakash to be

From a still All we imagine as light(Courtesy: YouTube,


One of the final few main competition titles to premiere at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, Payal Kapadia’s All we imagine as light An immediate front-runner for the Palme d’Or. No Indian woman director has ever competed for Cannes’ top prize, nor has any filmmaker from the country won the prestigious award. It has been universally acclaimed by critics at the festival, and by the end of today, the mesmerizing, lavishly crafted drama about three women finding their way to and from Mumbai, a city with which they have a tenuous relationship, has brought India to the brink of history.

Payal Kapadia, her four lead actors, Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Hridhu Haroon and Chhaya Kadam, cinematographer Ranbir Das and producers Thomas Hakim of Petit Chaos and Zico Maitra of Chalk and Cheese addressed critics at the festival’s press conference on Friday. the morning

The film has been under constant pressure from critics. bbc description All we imagine as light “Universal and sentimental enough to hypnotize anyone who’s been lonely in the city or mesmerized by a film on the subject.” “Just two films into her young career, Kapadia has established a rare talent for finding passages of sublime poetry in the stark blanks of everyday Indian life,” wrote Variety’s Jessica Kiang.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote: “Kapadia’s storytelling has something of Satyajit Ray’s The Big City and Days and Nights in the Forest, very fluid and absorbing.” But to be honest, “All We Imagine as Light” is a true-blue original, a wonderfully individualistic film born from the mind — and heart — of a writer-director who deftly and spontaneously blends her innate humanism with unprecedented insight. Control over the craft.

“The title is also about hope,” Kapadia said at a press conference. “Sometimes when things look a little bleak and you don’t know if there’s a way out, you imagine that maybe there’s a light somewhere down the line.” But “All We Imagine as Light” is not a film that offers false hope even as it celebrates the tenacity of its characters. “When the characters are stuck in the dark, they can’t imagine the light, they can’t see the possibilities,” she said.

But that’s it All we imagine as light Focusing on Mumbai’s rain, night and traffic, it also captures the serenity and melancholy of the seaside village to which the three women travel.

What we envision as light is now a significant distance away from the Palme d’Or – and history.

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