28 February, 2021

Cannes Diary

In Cannes, you get overwhelmed by the sheer visual grace, says filmmaker Aneek Chaudhuri...

Cannes Diary
Yes, You Cannes

It was a tight, packed week at Festival de Cannes in May. Nope, I had no costume to show off on the red carpet, so I may have passed under the radar. I was there for an old-fashioned reason: my film, Streer Potro (The Wife’s Letter), which was screened in the Marche du Film section. And so it came about, my first trip to Cannes…why, my first tour abroad! And there I was, on the 14th of May, technically 15th, at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, all set to board the flight to Moscow, from where I had a flight to Nice in the south of France. With a fully charged DSLR, a few formals, and some other necessities that any Indian cannot do without while travelling away from their home.

Eighteen hours later, I was at Nice. That’s where I was staying, which essentially meant I had to do the 33 km to Cannes everyday. The very first day, of course, I was as jumpy as a cat on a hot tin roof, as...

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