We have our own vocabulary in cinema: Cannes winner Payal Kapadia | Bollywood

New Delhi, The allure of filmmaking is that all varieties of movies should and must coexist, says Cannes Grand Prix victor Payal Kapadia, who attributes her exposure to global films as a crucial part of her educational experience at Pune’s FTII.

We have our own vocabulary in cinema: Cannes winner Payal Kapadia

Kapadia secured her place in history by becoming the first Indian director to take home the esteemed award for her film “All We Imagine As Light”, the European film festival’s second highest accolade following the top honor Palme d’Or . Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India’s general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now! Kapadia‘s contemplative film in Malayalam and Hindi about two Mumbai nurses was also the first movie in 30 years to be featured in the main competition category of the renowned film event since Shaji N Karun’s 1994 Malayalam film “Swaham”. “I attended FTII and it significantly informed my understanding of cinema. We viewed films from around the globe there, we studied cinema globally. Perhaps that has influenced how I prefer to create films,” she mentioned at a press briefing in Cannes post her victory at the May 14-25 gathering. “Perhaps that then evolves into a language that the Western audience can more readily appreciate because I believe we have our own lexicon in film and it’s very insular in India. We comprehend the gestures within our communities,” Kapadia stated while pondering on the film’s global appeal, given its enchantment of international critics and the Cannes jury, chaired by “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig. During a press briefing in Cannes on Saturday evening with the ensemble, the director discussed the comprehensive collaborative effort with the performers and crew, the vital role of sound in the movie, mostly set within the cacophony of the bustling Mumbai city, and the flourishing film culture in different states, notably Kerala. Kapadia, also celebrated for the renowned documentary “A Night of Knowing Nothing”, indicated there isn’t always a necessity to submit a film to an international film festival as India hosts many of its own. “We have our own festivals. Many people go out to watch films. This is just one film among thousands and it’s beneficial that we can have all kinds of films—festival films, some ‘non-festival films’. Everything should coexist. That’s the marvel of cinema,” she explained. She acknowledged fellow FTII graduates, including her classmate Maisam Ali, whose film “In Retreat” was presented in the Cannes sidebar ACID. Chidanand S Naik, another FTII student, won the top prize in the La Cinef category for short films for his diploma project “Sunflowers Were The First to Know”. “It was delightful to see that our institution has guided us to create diverse kinds of films. I’m very thankful for that,” she commented. Kapadia also lauded the prosperous Malayalam film sector, remarking that audiences in Kerala are more inclined to watch varied films. “All We Imagine As Light” features Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam, and Hridu Haroon. “Change is constant. Even Bollywood is evolving continually. There is a vast variety in the cinema from Kerala. Even arthouse films receive distribution there, which is uncommon in the rest of the nation,” Kapadia noted. She expressed it was a pleasure to collaborate with such remarkable actors. “We genuinely had a profound friendship and bond. That’s what the film is about, so when you have it in reality, it reflects in the film. I was deeply grateful to work with them. They dedicated a lot of time… We fostered a camaraderie amongst us, and that is what ultimately appears on screen.” While it was an honor to be chosen for Cannes’ main competition, securing the award was “truly surreal”, Kapadia admitted. She reiterated this sentiment in her acceptance speech, urging the organizers not to wait another 30 years to feature an Indian film. “It was extremely gratifying for us to receive this acknowledgment… The filmmakers are incredible, individuals I greatly respect. There are intriguing films being produced in India, and I am merely an outcome of that… “We’ve been present for a long time. It’s just that for some reason it took 30 years to be selected, but amazing work continues in our country. I’m pleased we witness the type of cinema we do in India.” “All We Imagine As Light” centers around three women of varying ages in Mumbai. Their lives undergo a fascinating change when they embark on a trip to a coastal town in Ratnagiri. Numerous reviews have remarked that Mumbai is almost like an additional character in the subtly narrated tale of sisterhood and solitude. Sound, according to Kapadia, is a “crucial element” in all her work. “If you’re from Mumbai, you’d recognize that it’s never silent. Even the sound of silence is distinctive. There will always be distant noises of trains or construction. It’s a city filled with diverse sounds, and we aimed to include that in the film as well.” The movie is a co-production between Petit Chaos from France and Chalk and Cheese Films from India. Capturing the ambient sounds of Mumbai in all their vibrancy was “arduous” for the film’s sound recordist Benjamin Silvestre from France, said Kapadia. “He just couldn’t fathom why there was so much noise. But I think this is the beauty of co-production—we learn from each other. We made friends from France and it was really wonderful to work in this manner,” she added. Kapadia is a consistent attendee at Cannes. She attended in 2021 with “A Night of Knowing Nothing” featured in the Director’s Fortnight segment. In 2017, her short film “Afternoon Clouds” premiered at the gala under the Cinefondation section. This article was generated from an automated news agency feed without modifications to text.

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