Payal Kapadia on Taking the Only Indian Film To Cannes

Posted on June 1, 2017


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Payal Kapadia was shooting a documentary in a remote tribal village in the Western Ghats, totally cut off from civilisation, by which she means totally cut off from cell phone reception. “It was like that Kiarostami film,” she says, referring to the running joke in The Wind Will Carry Us about racing to high altitudes in order to make or receive a call. That was how she got the call, the one that said her 13-minute short, Afternoon Clouds, had been selected to compete in the Cinefondation category, whose jury is headed by Romanian auteur Cristian Mungiu, winner of the Palme d’Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. She calls the moment schizophrenic.

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