The Cannes 2020 lineup is here, and Wes Anderson is the sole“star director”

Posted on June 4, 2020

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High-profile directors matter at film festivals, because here, they are the real stars. Because they have oeuvres we already know, and the excitement is about ‘what next’!

The first foreign film I watched on a big screen — that is, apart from  the rare ones Doordarshan used to screen at night — is Federico Fellini’s La Strada. Midway through the screening, organised by the Madras Film Society (I’d just become a member), I fell asleep. Now, don’t “how COULD you!” me. I was a teenager in an era where the norm was Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan and Anil Kapoor. The arty-est cinema I’d gotten a taste of was a Benegal or a Nihalani — and even if the pace of those films was “slow” (rather, slow-er than the mainstream fare), there was some rooting, some familiarity with the characters or the setting. Even if we are talking about Trikal, set amidst a Goan Christian family in the 1960s, there was Naseeruddin Shah, there was drama, there were ghosts!

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