To be making my debut at Cannes at the time of the celebration of hundred years of Hindi cinema is going to be an incredible experience that will truly enrich and enlighten me in more ways than one.
We were fortunate enough to shoot ‘Alps’ – write the script and shoot it – right after ‘Dogtooth’ premiered in Cannes. So we didn’t just sit around and wait to figure out what to do because ‘Dogtooth’ was successful. We just wanted to make another film fast, so we just went ahead and did it.
When I first got to Cannes, I was very insecure about everything, so I put on this extravagant facade. Can you blame me? I was 19.
I’ve been delighted by Cannes and Toronto but I keep saying I don’t know how good we’re going to be received in America because that’s where it’s most challenging.
My defining moment was when I finally went to Cannes and saw my name along with international filmmakers.
Cannes Film Festival prefers political films. We have to target certain festivals based on our films.
Cannes is a lot of work, since it’s a market festival and a serious festival, and they really work you, understandably.
When you premiere somewhere like Cannes, it’s huge. It’s nerve-wracking.
To get a film in Cannes is a real honor. To have it play and not get booed is a real relief.
Until you’ve been to Cannes, it’s hard to describe to someone the magnitude of that festival.
I love the Cannes Film Festival. From the lavish parties and events to the red carpet attire, this star-studded week-long event is where I get a lot of inspiration for hair and fashion.
George Clooney, who is a moron, came here to Cannes and gave a press conference saying, ‘Under no circumstances will Trump ever be president. Hillary Clinton will be the next president.’ Well, we can’t wait to make George Clooney eat his words.
Cannes is one of the biggest film festivals across the globe, and getting your film selected for a screening is quite a big achievement.
What bothers me about red carpet, particularly Cannes, is that it’s an extremely important festival where stunning films are shown and nothing of that ever comes in papers. It’s always celebrities standing with one hand on waist, I don’t know who decided that as an attractive position.
As far as festivals, nothing tops Cannes.
I wore Armani Prive to Cannes, and that was incredible. The craftsmanship is something I never understood until I wore it: the structure, the integrity of the fabrics, the colours, how things photograph.
Of course, an Oscar nomination would have added considerably to the film’s business abroad. But it has already made nearly Rs 150 crore. It has done stupendous business overseas. We did a business of Rs 80 crore when we took ‘Devdas’ to Cannes.
Once a film is selected at Cannes, the crossover becomes very easy, thanks to the prestige and dignity it gains at Cannes.
The Cannes Film Festival is the biggest, most prestigious film festival in the world. This is where filmmakers are discovered, where futures are made, and the most important films premiered.
Though all festivals are important, this Cannes Festival starts off the season.
‘Devdas’ is the first Hindi commercial film to be seen at Cannes. And ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ is getting a whole lot of appreciation abroad. I’m pleased.
There has never been a female director who has won an Oscar. There has only been one woman who won at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2009, I went to Cannes with a short film in the Kodak emerging program at the American Pavilion.
‘The Duellists’ won Cannes, but Paramount didn’t know how to release a film about two guys in bizarre breeches, waving swords around. I actually think it’s a pretty good Western.
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